hirudin

[ hir-yuh-din, hir-uh-, hi-rood-n ]

noun
  1. a gray or white, water-soluble acidic polypeptide obtained from the buccal gland of leeches, used in medicine chiefly as an anticoagulant.

Origin of hirudin

1
First recorded in 1900–05; formerly trademark

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British Dictionary definitions for hirudin

hirudin

/ (hɪˈruːdɪn) /


noun
  1. med an anticoagulant extracted from the mouth glands of leeches

Origin of hirudin

1
C20: from Latin hirudin-, hirudo leech + -in

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