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Table of Pharmacological Terms

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Term

A

Absorption

Adherence

Adverse drug event

Adverse drug reaction

Affinity

Agonist

Allele

Allosteric modulator

Antagonist

Apparent volume of distribution (Vd)

AUC

B

Bioavailability (F)

Biological marker (Biomarker)

Biotransformation

C

Cheng-Prusoff equation

Competitve antagonist

Concentration-time curve

D

Desensitization

Dose-response relationships

Drug concentration

Drug transport

E

Efficacy

Enteral drug administration

Equilibrium dissociation constant (Kd)

F

First-pass effect

Full agonist

G

Graded dose-response curve

H

Haplotype

I

IC50

Informed consent document

Inhibitory constant (Ki)

Inverse agonist

Irreversible antagonist

J

K

L

M

Metabolic drug tolerance

Metabolism

Metabolite

Michaelis constant (Km)

N

Non-competitive antagonist

O

P

Parent compound

Parenteral drug administration

Partial agonist

Pharmacodynamics

Pharmacogenetics

Pharmacogenomics

Pharmacokinetics (PK)

Pharmacology

Potency

Prodrug

Q

Quantal dose-response curve

R

Receptor pharmacology

Reversible antagonist

S

Side effect

Spare receptors

T

Tachyphylaxis

Therapeutic index

Therapeutics

Tolerance

U

V

W

Wild type

X

Y

Z

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