cyclooxygenase

Definitions of cyclooxygenase
1

n either of two related enzymes that control the production of prostaglandins and are blocked by aspirin

Synonyms:
Cox
Types:
Cox-1, cyclooxygenase-1
an enzyme that regulates prostaglandins that are important for the health of the stomach lining and kidneys
Cox-2, cyclooxygenase-2
an enzyme that makes prostaglandins that cause inflammation and pain and fever
Type of:
enzyme
any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions

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