a substance found in the liver, that slows the clotting of blood: its sodium salt, taken from animals, is used in surgery and medicine
Origin of heparinfrom Classical Greek h?par, the liver (see hepatic) + -in
- An acidic glycosaminoglycan found especially in lung and liver tissue and having the ability to slow the clotting of blood, used as a drug in the treatment of thrombosis. Also called unfractionated heparin .
- Any of several anticoagulants, such as enoxaparin, that are derived from this compound by depolymerization and have a lower molecular weight and somewhat different pharmacological properties. Also called low-molecular-weight heparin .
Origin of heparinLate Latin hēpar liver ( from Greek; see y&ebremac;kw&rlowring; in Indo-European roots.) -in