Definition of nifedipine in English:

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Pronunciation: /nʌɪˈfɛdɪpiːn/


[mass noun] Medicine
A synthetic compound which acts as a calcium antagonist and is used as a coronary vasodilator in the treatment of cardiac and circulatory disorders.
Example sentences
  • At latest follow-up, the patient was still on clonidine, metoprolol, nifedipine, cyclophosphamide, prednisone, and thalidomide.
  • I discontinued her thiazide diuretic and substituted nifedipine.
  • Treatment with long-acting nifedipine failed to lower her pressure, so atenolol, then hydrochlorothiazide, and finally lisinopril were added.


1970s: from ni(tro-) + fe (alteration of phenyl) + di-1 + p(yrid)ine, elements of the systematic name.

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