[ hep-uh-rin ]
/ ˈhɛp ə rɪn /
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.
Origin of heparin
1915–20; < Greek hêpar the liver + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for heparin
/ (ˈhɛpərɪn) /
a polysaccharide, containing sulphate groups, present in most body tissues: an anticoagulant used in the treatment of thrombosis
Derived Formsheparinoid, adjective
Word Origin for heparin
C20: from Greek hēpar the liver + -in
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Medicine definitions for heparin
[ hĕp′ər-ĭn ]
A complex organic acid that is found especially in lung and liver tissue, has a mucopolysaccharide as its active constituent, prevents platelet agglutination and blood clotting, and is used in the form of its sodium salt in the treatment of thrombosis.
Related formshep′a•rin′i•za′tion (-ə-rĭn′ĭ-zā′shən) n.hep′a•rin•ize′ (-ər-ə-nīz′) v.
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Science definitions for heparin
[ hĕp′ər-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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