Share this entry

Share this page

calcium antagonist

Line breaks: cal|cium an|tag¦on|ist

Definition of calcium antagonist in English:

noun

A compound of a type that reduces the influx of calcium into the cells of cardiac and smooth muscle, reducing the strength of contractions. Drugs of this kind are used to treat angina and high blood pressure.
Example sentences
  • Calcium antagonists are another newer type of blood pressure lowering drug.
  • Magnesium sulfate is a calcium antagonist that induces smooth muscle relaxation.
  • He was taking an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor, a calcium antagonist, and a blocker for hypertension.

Definition of calcium antagonist in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day Noel
Pronunciation: nəʊˈɛl
noun
Christmas…