[ hir-yuh-din, hir-uh-, hi-rood-n ]
/ ˈhɪr yə dɪn, ˈhɪr ə-, hɪˈrud n /
a gray or white, water-soluble acidic polypeptide obtained from the buccal gland of leeches, used in medicine chiefly as an anticoagulant.
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Origin of hirudin
First recorded in 1900–05; formerly trademark
Words nearby hirudin
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British Dictionary definitions for hirudin
/ (hɪˈruːdɪn) /
med an anticoagulant extracted from the mouth glands of leeches
Word Origin for hirudin
C20: from Latin hirudin-, hirudo leech + -in
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Medical definitions for hirudin
[ hĭ-rōōd′n, hîr′ə-dən, -yə- ]
A substance extracted from the salivary glands of leeches and used as an anticoagulant.
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