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warfarin

[wawr-fuh-rin]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless, crystalline, water-insoluble anticoagulant, C19H16O4, used chiefly as a rodenticide.
  2. Pharmacology. a preparation of this used in the management of potential or existing clotting disorders.
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Origin of warfarin

1945–50; W(isconsin) A(lumni) R(esearch) F(oundation) (owners of patent) + (coum)arin
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British Dictionary definitions for warfarin

warfarin

noun
  1. a crystalline insoluble optically active compound, used as a rodenticide and, in the form of its sodium salt, as a medical anticoagulant. Formula: C 19 H 16 O 4
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Word Origin

C20: from the patent owners W (isconsin) A (lumni) R (esearch) F (oundation) + (coum) arin
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Word Origin and History for warfarin

Warfarin

n.

1950, from WARF, acronym from Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation + -arin, from Coumarin. The organization describes itself as "an independent, nonprofit foundation chartered to support research at the U[niversity of] W[isconsin]-Madison and the designated technology transfer organization for the university."

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warfarin in Science

warfarin

[wôrfər-ĭn]
  1. A white crystalline compound used as a rodenticide and as an anticoagulant in medicine. Warfarin is a derivative of coumarin. Chemical formula: C19H16O4.
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