[ yoo r-uh-kahy-neys, -neyz ]
/ ˌyʊər əˈkaɪ neɪs, -neɪz /

noun Biochemistry, Pharmacology.

an enzyme, present in the blood and urine of mammals, that activates plasminogen and is used medicinally to dissolve blood clots.

Nearby words

  1. urogenital sinus,
  2. urogenital system,
  3. urogenous,
  4. urogram,
  5. urography,
  6. urolith,
  7. urolithiasis,
  8. urologic,
  9. urologist,
  10. urology

Origin of urokinase

First recorded in 1955–60; uro-1 + kinase

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Medicine definitions for urokinase


[ yur′ō-kīnās, -nāz ]


An enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of plasminogen to plasmin and is produced in the kidney, excreted in the urine, and used to dissolve blood clots.plasminogen activator

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