Tissue-plasminogen-activator Definition

noun
A clot-dissolving enzyme that is produced naturally by cells in the walls of blood vessels and catalyzes the conversion of plasminogen to plasmin.
American Heritage Medicine
An enzyme produced by the blood vessels that dissolves blood clots by converting plasminogen into plasmin: it is manufactured using recombinant DNA technology and used to prevent stroke, etc.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
activase

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