Definition of anticoagulant in English:

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anticoagulant

Pronunciation: /ˌan(t)ēkōˈaɡyələnt/
/ˌanˌtīkōˈaɡyələnt/

adjective

Having the effect of retarding or inhibiting the coagulation of the blood.
Example sentences
  • Alcohol has two anticoagulant effects which make blood less likely to clot in the wrong place.
  • These include a change in the balance between procoagulant and anticoagulant factors in the blood.
  • Large amounts of garlic can increase the anticoagulant effects of pharmaceutical blood thinners (warfarin, high dose aspirin).

noun

An anticoagulant substance.
Example sentences
  • For unstable angina the treatment is a daily 300 mg dose of aspirin, and injectable anticoagulants such as Heparin are administered in hospital.
  • Treatment then continued with a transition to long term use of oral anticoagulants (vitamin K antagonists).
  • Examples of anticoagulants include aspirin, heparin, and warfarin.

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Syllabification: an·ti·co·ag·u·lant

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