urokinase

urokinase

[yoor-uh-kahy-neys, -neyz]
noun Biochemistry, Pharmacology.
an enzyme, present in the blood and urine of mammals, that activates plasminogen and is used medicinally to dissolve blood clots.

Origin:
1955–60; uro-1 + kinase

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urokinase u·ro·ki·nase (yur'ō-kī'nās, -nāz)
n.
An enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of plasminogen to plasmin and is produced in the kidney, excreted in the urine, and used to dissolve blood clots. Also called plasminogen activator.

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