Antielastase: An inhibitor of the action of the enzyme elastase. Alpha-1 antitrypsin is an antielastase. Also called an elastase inhibitor.
1. As a noun, a drug taken to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting. As, for example, the antihistamine meclizine hydrochloride (Bonine). 2. As an adjective, pertaining to the prevention or treatment of nausea and vomiting. Opening a window in a car can have an antiemetic effect. From anti- + emetic.
Antiestrogen: A substance that can prevent the full expression of estrogen. Antiestrogens act by exerting antagonistic effects on target tissues (androgens and progestogens act in this way) or by competing with estrogens for access to receptor sites located on the cell surface. For example, the drug tamoxifen (brand name: Nolvadex) is an antiestrogen that is […]
- Antifreeze poisoning
Antifreeze poisoning: Poisoning from antifreeze which today is usually ethylene glycol — a clear, colorless, odorless liquid with a sweet taste — that can produce dramatic and dangerous toxicity. Ethylene glycol is found most commonly in automotive cooling systems, and hydraulic brake fluid. In an industrial setting it is also used as a solvent and […]
Antifungal: A medication that limits or prevents the growth of yeasts and other fungal organisms.
- Antifungal agent
Antifungal agent: A drug used to treat fungal infections. Examples of antifungal drugs include miconazole (MONISTAT) and clotrimazole (LOTRIMIN, MYCELEX).