Heparin meaning

hĕpər-ĭn
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.
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A substance found in the liver, that slows the clotting of blood: its sodium salt, taken from animals, is used in surgery and medicine.
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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.
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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.
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An acidic glycosaminoglycan found especially in lung and liver tissue that prevents the clotting of blood and is used intravenously in the treatment of thrombosis and embolism.
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(medicine, biochemistry) A glycosaminoglycan, originally isolated from liver cells, now made synthetically for medical use, used as an anticoagulant.
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Origin of heparin

  • Late Latin hēpar liver (from Greek yē̃kwr̥ in Indo-European roots) –in

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition