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  1. #1 What is an inhibitor? 
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    Hello everyone.

    I'm not sure if I put this in the right sub-forum. I just figured, since it is used in medicine, I could ask here.

    What is an inhibitor, exactly? Is it a kind of virus? A chemical? And how exactly is it used? And what exactly does it do (I mean, I know it "inhibits" a chemical reaction from occurring, but in what way?)

    I hope you guys are also easy with explaining the answers. I tried Googling the information, but the sources are overwhelmingly complicated. I'm a college sophomore, and I study political science so medicine is totally out of my league (though I'm finding it more and more interesting).

    Thank you.


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    There are many different types of inhibitors. Some are proteins in the cell, others are pharmaceuticals, and so on. Can you provide more context?


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    Generally, an inhibitor refers to a substance which prevents the action of either an enzyme or a surface protein/receptor hence inducing the relevant pharmacological response.
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    A SUBSTANCES THAT SLOWS DOWN OR STOPS A CHEMICAL REACTION!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie
    Generally, an inhibitor refers to a substance which prevents the action of either an enzyme or a surface protein/receptor hence inducing the relevant pharmacological response.
    I think you hit the nail on the head with "receptor". An inhibitor is anything that blocks a receptor from receiving its intended target (whether protein or not). Pain meds work by blocking the pain receptors in the brain, for example. Hope this helps.
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