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hirudin

[hir-yuh-din, hir-uh-, hi-rood-n] /ˈhɪr yə dɪn, ˈhɪr ə-, hɪˈrud n/
noun
1.
a gray or white, water-soluble acidic polypeptide obtained from the buccal gland of leeches, used in medicine chiefly as an anticoagulant.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; formerly trademark
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  • And hirudin, the anticoagulant, may be used in the treatment of inflammation of the middle ear.
  • If the leech is allowed to complete its meal, much of the hirudin is withdrawn before dropping off.
British Dictionary definitions for hirudin

hirudin

/hɪˈruːdɪn/
noun
1.
(med) an anticoagulant extracted from the mouth glands of leeches
Word Origin
C20: from Latin hirudin-, hirudo leech + -in
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hirudin in Medicine

hirudin hir·u·din (hĭ-rōōd'n, hēr'ə-dən, -yə-)
n.
A substance extracted from the salivary glands of leeches and used as an anticoagulant.

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