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Glossary: protease inhibitor, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

protease inhibitor

(PROH-tee-ays in-HIH-bih-ter)

A compound that interferes with the ability of certain enzymes to break down proteins. Some protease inhibitors can keep a virus from making copies of itself (for example, AIDS virus protease inhibitors), and some can prevent cancer cells from spreading.

2003-06-09