Definition of nifedipine in English:

nifedipine

Line breaks: ni|fedi|pine
Pronunciation: /nʌɪˈfɛdɪpiːn
 
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noun

[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.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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