cyclooxygenase inhibitor

Definition / meaning of cyclooxygenase inhibitor

COX inhibitor. A type of drug that is used to treat inflammation and pain, and is being studied in the prevention and treatment of cancer. Cyclo-oxygenase inhibitors belong to the family of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Also called COX inhibitor.

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

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