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A statin drug, C25H38O5, that blocks the body's synthesis of cholesterol and is used to lower cholesterol (especially LDL) levels and to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in individuals with elevated risk.
[sim- (perhaps alteration of syn-, pref. indicating attachment on the same side of the plane as a double bond; see syn-) + -vastatin, statin suffix; see pravastatin.]
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|Noun||1.||simvastatin - an oral lipid-lowering medicine (trade name Zocor) administered to reduce blood cholesterol levels; recommended after heart attacks|
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