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[hep-uh-rin] /ˈhɛp ə rɪn/
Biochemistry. a polysaccharide, occurring in various tissues, especially the liver, and having anticoagulent properties.
Pharmacology. a commercial form of this substance, obtained from the liver and lungs of domesticated food animals, that when injected into the blood prevents coagulation: used chiefly in the treatment of thrombosis.
Origin of heparin
1915-20; < Greek hêpar the liver + -in2 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for heparin


a polysaccharide, containing sulphate groups, present in most body tissues: an anticoagulant used in the treatment of thrombosis
Derived Forms
heparinoid, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from Greek hēpar the liver + -in
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Word Origin and History for heparin

substance found in the liver, lungs and other tissues, 1918, from Greek hepar "liver" (see hepatitis) + -in (2).

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heparin in Medicine

heparin hep·a·rin (hěp'ər-ĭn)
A complex organic acid that is found especially in lung and liver tissue, has a mucopolysaccharide as its active constituent, prevents platelet agglutination and blood clotting, and is used in the form of its sodium salt in the treatment of thrombosis.

hep'a·rin'i·za'tion (-ə-rĭn'ĭ-zā'shən) n.
hep'a·rin·ize' (-ər-ə-nīz') v.
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heparin in Science
An acidic glycosaminoglycan found especially in lung and liver tissue that prevents the clotting of blood and is used intravenously in the treatment of thrombosis and embolism.
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