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heparin

[ hep-uh-rin ]

noun

  1. Biochemistry. a polysaccharide, occurring in various tissues, especially the liver, and having anticoagulent properties.
  2. Pharmacology. a commercial form of this substance, obtained from the liver and lungs of domesticated food animals, that when injected into the blood prevents coagulation: used chiefly in the treatment of thrombosis.


heparin

/ ˈhɛpərɪn /

noun

  1. a polysaccharide, containing sulphate groups, present in most body tissues: an anticoagulant used in the treatment of thrombosis


heparin

/ hĕpər-ĭn /

  1. 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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Derived Forms

  • ˈheparinˌoid, adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of heparin1

1915–20; < Greek hêpar the liver + -in 2

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Word History and Origins

Origin of heparin1

C20: from Greek hēpar the liver + -in

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Example Sentences

The vaccine-induced condition is similar to what happens with heparin, a blood thinner that can also attach to PF4.

Doctors should avoid treating patients with the clots with the blood thinner heparin, as that common treatment could prompt an immune reaction that leads to even more clots.

Most notably, physicians are advised to avoid using heparin, a common treatment for blood clots, because it can exacerbate the vaccine-related condition.

Most notably, physicians are advised to avoid using heparin, a common treatment for blood clots, because it can make the possibly vaccine-related condition worse.

Patients with HIT develop blood clots when treated with the commonly used anti-coagulant drug heparin.

In 2008, the drug heparin was tied to dozens of deaths after most of the active ingredient was swapped with a counterfeit.

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