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1. Any of various drugs that inhibit the action of HIV protease, an enzyme necessary for replication of the HIV virus, and are used in the treatment of HIV infection.
2. Any of various substances that inhibit the action of a protease.
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(Pharmacology) any one of a class of antiviral drugs that impair the growth and replication of HIV by inhibiting the action of protease produced by the virus: used in the treatment of AIDS
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|Noun||1.||protease inhibitor - an antiviral drug used against HIV; interrupts HIV replication by binding and blocking HIV protease; often used in combination with other drugs|
drug cocktail, HAART, highly active antiretroviral therapy - a combination of protease inhibitors taken with reverse transcriptase inhibitors; used in treating AIDS and HIV
nelfinavir, Viracept - a protease inhibitor (trade name Viracept) used in treating HIV usually in combination with other drugs
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