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Any of various drugs that are administered in an inactive form and converted into active form by normal metabolic processes.
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(Biochemistry) a compound that is itself biologically inactive but is metabolized in the body to produce an active therapeutic drug
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an inactive substance that is converted to a drug within the body by the action of enzymes or other chemicals.
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As presented in Figures 2 and 3, all examined compounds inhibited the activity of AChE; however, prodrug 2 only inhibited up to 21.2% at a concentration of 3 [micro]mol/mL.