histone deacetylase inhibitor

Pronunciation: (HIS-tone dee-uh-SEH-tih-lays in-HIH-bih-ter)

A substance that causes a chemical change that stops tumor cells from dividing. Histone deacetylase inhibitors are being studied in the treatment of cancer. Also called HDAC inhibitor.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2006-08-24 Date last modified: 2012-03-07