Definition of heparin in English:

heparin

noun

Biochemistry
  • [mass noun] A compound occurring in the liver and other tissues which inhibits blood coagulation. A sulphur-containing polysaccharide, it is used as an anticoagulant in the treatment of thrombosis.

    • ‘Blood was collected from untreated albino mice using heparin as the anticoagulant.’
    • ‘The drug is based on the natural anticoagulant heparin.’
    • ‘Examples of anticoagulants include aspirin, heparin, and warfarin.’
    • ‘The common treatment for thrombotic episodes is an oral anticoagulant and/or heparin.’
    • ‘This effect of heparin is the basis for its clinical use as an anticoagulant.’

Origin

Early 20th century: via late Latin from Greek hēpar liver + -in.

Pronunciation:

heparin

/ˈhɛpərɪn/