One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A synthetic compound derived from cyclohexane which inhibits the breakdown of fibrin in blood clots and is used to treat haemorrhage.
Chemical formula: NH₂CH₂C₆H₁₀COOH
- ‘Nonhormone treatments for menorrhagia are more appropriate, with the first-line choices being tranexamic acid and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs taken during the menstrual cycle.’
- ‘It has fewer side-effects than tranexamic acid.’
- ‘Two other commonly prescribed painkillers, mefenamic acid and tranexamic acid, are excellent.’
- ‘After dental extraction bleeding can be stopped with oral tranexamic acid mouth wash.’
- ‘One study has shown that tranexamic acid reduces transfusion requirements in patients presenting with non-variceal haemorrhage.’
1960s: from elements of the systematic name, trans-4-aminomethylcyclohexanecarboxylic acid.
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