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(Science: chemical) A drug used in the treatment of hypercholesteraemia. It lowers total plasma cholesterol concentrations, mainly by reducing low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol concentrations. It has little effect on serum-triglyceride or very-low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol concentrations.

Pharmacological action: anticholesteraemic agents.

Chemical name: Phenol, 4,4'-((1-methylethylidene)bis(thio))bis(2,6-bis(1,1-dimethylethyl)-