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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.
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Origin of hirudin

First recorded in 1900–05; formerly trademark
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British Dictionary definitions for hirudin

hirudin

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

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

hirudin

(hĭ-rōōdn, hîrə-dən, -yə-)
n.
  1. A substance extracted from the salivary glands of leeches and used as an anticoagulant.
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