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A statin drug, C 23H36O7, that blocks the body's synthesis of cholesterol and is used in its sodium form to lower cholesterol (especially LDL) levels and to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in individuals with elevated risk.
[pra-, of unknown origin + -vastatin, statin suffix (from mevastatin, a statin : meva(lonic acid), precursor in the biosynthesis of cholesterol from val(eric acid) + -stat + -in).]
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|Noun||1.||pravastatin - an oral drug (trade name Pravachol) administered to reduce blood cholesterol levels; recommended after nonfatal heart attacks|
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