Definition of plasminogen in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /plazˈminəˌjən/


The inactive precursor of the enzyme plasmin, present in blood.
Example sentences
  • Tissue plasminogen activator and, to a lesser degree, urokinase are serine proteases which convert plasminogen to plasmin.
  • This is performed largely by the enzyme plasmin, generated from its inactive precursor, plasminogen.
  • Within the fibrinolytic system, plasmin is generated from plasminogen by tissue plasminogen activator, which upon activation lyses fibrin clots.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: plas·min·o·gen

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.