A statin is a kind of medicine that can help lower a person's cholesterol. By taking statins, many patients lower their risk of having a stroke or heart attack.
Some of the cholesterol in our blood comes from the food we eat, but most is produced by our livers. When cholesterol is too high, fat can build up inside our arteries and cause cardiovascular disease. Statins reduce the cholesterol made by the liver. Statin is from the Latin stare, "remain or stand still," and is often used as a suffix in names for drugs that stop something; in this case, statins bring rising cholesterol to a halt.
Definitions of statin
a medicine that lowers blood cholesterol levels by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase
(medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
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