- 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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- a polysaccharide, containing sulphate groups, present in most body tissues: an anticoagulant used in the treatment of thrombosis
C20: from Greek hēpar the liver + -in
Word Origin and History for heparin
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
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- 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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