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  1. Medicated stent Medicated stent
    Medicated stent: See: Coated stent....
  2. Medication Medication
    Medication: 1. A drug or medicine. 2. The administration of a drug or medicine. (Note that "medication" does not have the dangerous double meaning of "drug.")...
  3. Medication, ACE-inhibitor Medication, ACE-inhibitor
    Medication, ACE-inhibitor: A drug that inhibits ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) which is important to the formation of angiotensin II. Angiotensin II causes arteries in the body to constrict and thereby raises the blood pressure. ACE inhibitors lower the blood pressure by inhibiting the for...
  4. Medication, anti-infective Medication, anti-infective
    Medication, anti-infective: Something capable of acting against infection, by inhibiting the spread of an infectious agent or by killing the infectious agent outright. Anti-infective is a general term that encompasses antibacterials, antibiotics, antifungals, antiprotozoans and antivirals....
  5. Medication, anti-platelet Medication, anti-platelet
    Medication, anti-platelet: Platelet-blocking drugs. Drugs that, like aspirin, reduce the tendency of platelets in the blood to clump and clot....
  6. Medication, antibiotic Medication, antibiotic
    Medication, antibiotic: A drug used to treat bacterial infections. The original definition of an antibiotic was a substance produced by one microorganism that selectively inhibits the growth of another microorganism. However, wholly synthetic antibiotics (usually chemically related to natural antibi...
  7. Medication, anticoagulant Medication, anticoagulant
    Medication, anticoagulant: A drug that is used as a "blood-thinner" to prevent the formation of blood clots and to maintain open blood vessels. Anticoagulants have various uses. Some are used for the prophylaxis (prevention) or the treatment of thromboembolic disorders. Thrombi are clots....
  8. Medication, antifungal Medication, antifungal
    Medication, antifungal: A drug used to treat fungal infections. Examples of antifungal drugs include miconazole (MONISTAT) and clotrimazole (LOTRIMIN, MYCELEX)....
  9. Medication, antimicrobial Medication, antimicrobial
    Medication, antimicrobial: A drug used to treat a microbial infection. Antimicrobial is a general term that refers to a group of drugs that includes antibiotics, antifungals, antiprotozoals, and antivirals....
  10. Medication, antiprotozoal Medication, antiprotozoal
    Medication, antiprotozoal: Something that destroys protozoa or inhibits their growth and ability to reproduce. A few of the protozoa of medical importance include Plasmodium (the cause of malaria); Entamoeba histolytica (the cause of amebiasis, amebic dysentery) and Trichomonas vaginalis (a cause o...
  11. Medication, antiviral Medication, antiviral
    Medication, antiviral: An drug that kills viruses or suppresses their replication and, hence, inhibits their capability to multiply and reproduce. For example, amantadine (BRAND name: SYMMETREL) is a synthetic (man- made) drug that inhibits the multiplication of the influenza A virus and has the...
  12. Medication, beta-blocker Medication, beta-blocker
    Medication, beta-blocker: Drugs that antagonize the action of adrenaline (a beta adrenergic substance) and relieve stress to the heart muscle. Beta-blockers are often used to slow the heart rate or lower the blood pressure....
  13. Medication, clot-dissolving Medication, clot-dissolving
    Medication, clot-dissolving: See: Thrombolytic agent....
  14. Medication, generic Medication, generic
    Medication, generic: The term "generic" has several meanings as regards medications (drugs): The chemical name of a drug. A term referring to the chemical makeup of a drug rather than to the advertised brand name under which the drug is sold. A term referring to any drug marketed under its c...
  15. Medication, vasodilator Medication, vasodilator
    Medication, vasodilator: Drugs that act as blood vessel dilator (vasodilators) and open vessels by relaxing their muscular walls). For example, nitroglycerin is a vasodilator. So are the ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors. ...