(Science: chemical) An angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor that is effective in the treatment of hypertension. Preliminary results also indicate its potential in the treatment of congestive heart failure. It is a prodrug that is hydrolyzed after absorption to its main metabolite cilazaprilat.

Pharmacological action: angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, antihypertensive agents.

chemical name: 6H-Pyridazino(1,2-a)(1,2)diazepine-1-carboxylic acid, 9-((1-(ethoxycarbonyl)-3-phenylpropyl)amino)octahydro-10-oxo-, monohydrate, (1S-(1alpha,9alpha(R*)))-

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