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heparin

[ hep-uh-rin ]
/ ˈhɛp ə rɪn /
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noun
Biochemistry. a polysaccharide, occurring in various tissues, especially the liver, and having anticoagulent properties.
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.
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Origin of heparin

1915–20; <Greek hêpar the liver + -in2

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British Dictionary definitions for heparin

heparin
/ (ˈhɛpərɪn) /

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

Derived forms of heparin

heparinoid, adjective

Word Origin for heparin

C20: from Greek hēpar the liver + -in
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Scientific definitions for heparin

heparin
[ hĕpər-ĭn ]

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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