COX-2

Definition / meaning of COX-2

An enzyme that speeds up the formation of substances that cause inflammation and pain. It may also cause tumor cells to grow. Some tumors have high levels of COX-2 and blocking its activity may reduce tumor growth. Also called cyclooxygenase-2 and prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2.

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

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