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  • n  either of two related enzymes that control the production of prostaglandins and are blocked by aspirin

  • Chances are you've had plenty of dealings with those irksome little enzymes cyclooxygenase 1 and cyclooxygenase 2, better known as cox-1 and cox-2.
  • It does so by blocking an enzyme called cyclooxygenase, or COX, that's involved in the manufacture of prostaglandins.

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