hirudin definition by Webster's New World
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a substance found in the salivary glands of leeches that prevents the coagulation of blood
Origin: origin, originally a trademark: ; from Classical Latin hirudo, leech plush -in
hirudin definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A substance secreted by the buccal glands of leeches, capable of preventing coagulation by inactivating thrombin and used in medicine as an anticoagulant.
Origin: Originally a trademark, from Latin hirūdō, leech.
hirudin - Medical Definition
A substance extracted from the salivary glands of leeches and used as an anticoagulant.