Cox-2 inhibitor(redirected from COX-2 selective inhibitors)
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Any of a class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that selectively block prostaglandin formation so as to cause minimal gastrointestinal side effects.
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|Noun||1.||Cox-2 inhibitor - an anti-inflammatory drug that fights pain and blocks Cox-2 activity without impeding the activity of Cox-1; increases the risk of heart attacks; "Cox-2 inhibitors reduce the symptoms of arthritis without endangering the stomach and kidneys"|
Celebrex, celecoxib - a Cox-2 inhibitor (trade name Celebrex) that relieves pain and inflammation without harming the digestive tract
rofecoxib, Vioxx - a Cox-2 inhibitor (trade name Vioxx) that relieves pain and inflammation without harming the digestive tract; voluntarily withdrawn from the market in 2004