Definitions for "COX-2"
cyclooxygenase-2; an enzyme that catalyzes the formation of prostaglandins from arachidonic acid.
an enzyme that makes prostaglandins that cause inflammation and pain and fever; "the beneficial effects of Nsaids result from their ability to block Cox-2"
An enzyme found in only a few places, such as the brain and parts of the kidney. It is made only in response to injury or infection. It produces prostaglandins involved in inflammation and the immune response. NSAIDs act by blocking COX-2. Because elevated levels of COX-2 in the body have been linked to cancer, scientists are investigating whether blocking COX-2 may prevent or treat some cancers.