Medical Definition of Neuraminidase inhibitor

Reviewed on 3/29/2021

Neuraminidase inhibitor: A drug that inhibits the enzyme called neuraminidase.

For example, oseltamivir (Tamiflu), an antiinfluenza agent, acts by inhibiting the neuraminidase enzyme on the surface of the influenza virus. This prevents the virus from leaving the cell and spreading to others.

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