COX-2 inhibitor

Definition / meaning of COX-2 inhibitor

A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to relieve pain and inflammation. COX-2 inhibitors are being studied in the prevention of colon polyps, and as anticancer drugs. Also called cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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