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anticoagulant

[an-tee-koh-ag-yuh-luh nt, an-tahy-] /ˌæn ti koʊˈæg yə lənt, ˌæn taɪ-/
adjective
1.
Also, anticoagulative
[an-tee-koh-ag-yuh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv, an-tahy-] /ˌæn ti koʊˈæg yəˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv, ˌæn taɪ-/ (Show IPA)
. preventing coagulation, especially of blood.
noun
2.
an anticoagulant agent, as heparin.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; anti- + coagulant
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Examples from the web for anticoagulant
  • But the researchers showed that their heparin is nontoxic and works well as an anticoagulant in animals.
  • The anticoagulant warfarin, for example, is frequently prescribed to prevent blood clots.
  • The anticoagulant can sometimes cause spontaneous bleeding.
  • But heparin, a frequently prescribed anticoagulant drug, is made from the lungs and bovine mucosa.
  • Patients have to supplement the device by taking anticoagulant medications that prevent blood clots.
  • If necessary, an anticoagulant drug such as heparin may be given, but this increases the risk of hemorrhage.
  • What's causing this ripple is the emergence of new anticoagulant drugs, or blood thinners.
British Dictionary definitions for anticoagulant

anticoagulant

/ˌæntɪkəʊˈæɡjʊlənt/
adjective
1.
acting to prevent or impair coagulation, esp of blood
noun
2.
an agent that prevents or impairs coagulation
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Word Origin and History for anticoagulant

1905, adjective and noun, from anti- + coagulant.

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anticoagulant in Medicine

anticoagulant an·ti·co·ag·u·lant (ān'tē-kō-āg'yə-lənt, ān'tī-)
n.
A substance that delays or prevents the clotting of blood. adj.
Acting as an anticoagulant.

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anticoagulant in Science
anticoagulant
  (ān'tē-kō-āg'yə-lənt, ān'tī-)   
A substance that prevents the clotting of blood.
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