beta-blocker
noun Date: 1968 any of a class of drugs (as propranolol) that decrease the rate and force of heart contractions and lower high blood pressure by blocking the activity of beta-receptors • beta-blocking adjective

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  • Beta blocker — Beta blockers Drug class Skeletal formula of propranolol, the first clinically successful beta blocker ATC code C07 …   Wikipedia

  • beta blocker — beta blocking, adj. Pharm. any of various substances that interfere with the action of the beta receptors: used primarily to reduce the heart rate or force in the prevention, management, or treatment of angina, hypertension, or arrythmias. Also,… …   Universalium

  • beta blocker — n. any of a class of drugs used to control heartbeat, relieve angina pectoris, treat hypertension, etc. by blocking the nerve impulses that normally excite the beta receptors …   English World dictionary

  • beta blocker — ► NOUN ▪ a drug which prevents increased cardiac action, used to treat angina and reduce high blood pressure …   English terms dictionary

  • Beta-Blocker — Betablocker (Syn.: Beta Rezeptorenblocker, Beta Adrenozeptorenblocker, β Blocker) ist in der Medizin ein Sammelbegriff für eine Reihe ähnlich wirkender Arzneistoffe, die im Körper an β Rezeptoren als inverse Agonisten wirken und so die Wirkung… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Beta Blocker — Betablocker (Syn.: Beta Rezeptorenblocker, Beta Adrenozeptorenblocker, β Blocker) ist in der Medizin ein Sammelbegriff für eine Reihe ähnlich wirkender Arzneistoffe, die im Körper an β Rezeptoren als inverse Agonisten wirken und so die Wirkung… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • beta blocker — noun any of various drugs used in treating hypertension or arrhythmia; decreases force and rate of heart contractions by blocking beta adrenergic receptors of the autonomic nervous system • Syn: ↑beta blocking agent, ↑beta adrenergic blocker,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Beta blocker — A class of drugs that block beta adrenergic substances such as adrenaline (epinephrine), a key agent in the sympathetic portion of the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. By blocking the action of the sympathetic nervous system on the heart,… …   Medical dictionary

  • beta-blocker — ˈ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ ˈ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ noun : any of a group of drugs (as propranolol) that combine with and block the activity of a beta receptor so as to decrease the heart rate and force of contractions and to lower high blood pressure and that are used… …   Useful english dictionary

  • beta-blocker — UK [ˈbiːtə ˌblɒkə(r)] / US [ˈbeɪtə ˌblɒkər] / US [ˈbɪtə ˌblɑkər] noun [countable] Word forms beta blocker : singular beta blocker plural beta blockers medical a drug that makes your heart work more slowly, used for treating high blood pressure …   English dictionary

  • beta blocker — [[t]bi͟ːtə blɒkə(r), AM be͟ɪtə [/t]] beta blockers N COUNT A beta blocker is a drug which is used to treat people who have high blood pressure or heart problems …   English dictionary

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