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Syn: drugs. A class of manufactured chemicals with medicinal properties. Some, including digitalis, quinine, morphine, are purified chemical extracts of naturally occurring traditional herbal remedies. Others, such as aspirin, are artificially manufactured chemicals that replicate ingredients of traditional remedies. An increasing number are synthetic chemicals designed to mimic or enhance known pharmacological actions of other substances. Some of these are designed to bind to specific sites on target molecules, thereby activating or inhibiting them.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Science and Mathematics.

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