noun[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.
- 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.
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