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urokinase Line breaks: uro|kin¦ase
Pronunciation: /ˌjʊərə(ʊ)ˈkʌɪneɪz/

Definition of urokinase in English:


[mass noun] Biochemistry
An enzyme produced in the kidneys which promotes the conversion of plasminogen to plasmin and can be used to dissolve blood clots.
Example sentences
  • Tissue plasminogen activator and, to a lesser degree, urokinase are serine proteases which convert plasminogen to plasmin.
  • The systematic review included information on three different thrombolytic agents: streptokinase, urokinase, and recombinant tissue plasminogen activator, but direct comparison of different thrombolytic drugs was not possible.
  • Five studies used streptokinase, two used urokinase, and four used tissue plasminogen activator.
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