Definition of heparin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛpərɪn/


[mass noun] Biochemistry
A compound occurring in the liver and other tissues which inhibits blood coagulation. A sulphur-containing polysaccharide, it is used as an anticoagulant in the treatment of thrombosis.
Example sentences
  • Blood was collected from untreated albino mice using heparin as the anticoagulant.
  • The common treatment for thrombotic episodes is an oral anticoagulant and/or heparin.
  • The drug is based on the natural anticoagulant heparin.


Early 20th century: via late Latin from Greek hēpar 'liver' + -in1.

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