mechanism of action(redirected from Mechanism of drug action)
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mechanism of action(1) The manner in which a therapeutic agent acts, which includes blocking of receptors, enzymes, stimulating hormone production, etc.
(2) The physiologic or biochemical processes within the body that are affected by a drug’s action, producing a given response.
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mechanism of action
The means by which a drug exerts its effects on cells or tissues. It may have specific binding sites, receptor activation, enzymatic activity, or solubility.
See also: mechanism
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