Hirudin meaning

hîr-o͝odn, hîrə-dən, -yə-
A substance secreted by the buccal glands of leeches, capable of preventing coagulation by inactivating thrombin and used in medicine as an anticoagulant.
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A substance found in the salivary glands of leeches that prevents the coagulation of blood.
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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.
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(medicine) A peptide, obtained from the salivary glands of leeches, that is used as an anticoagulant.
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Origin of hirudin

  • Originally a trademark from Latin hirūdō leech

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

  • From Latin hirudo (“leech”) + -in

    From Wiktionary