- a colorless, crystalline, water-insoluble anticoagulant, C19H16O4, used chiefly as a rodenticide.
- Pharmacology. a preparation of this used in the management of potential or existing clotting disorders.
Origin of warfarin
- 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
Word Origin and History for warfarin
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."
- A white crystalline compound used as a rodenticide and as an anticoagulant in medicine. Warfarin is a derivative of coumarin. Chemical formula: C19H16O4.