One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An enzyme produced by some streptococci that is involved in breaking down red blood cells. It is used to treat inflammation and blood clots.
- ‘Five studies used streptokinase, two used urokinase, and four used tissue plasminogen activator.’
- ‘It appears that streptokinase and urokinase are equally effective.’
- ‘And then the astounding discovery was made that a bacterial enzyme, streptokinase, could dissolve human clots.’
- ‘It is therefore unsurprising that patients with pulmonary embolism treated with streptokinase and urokinase are three times more likely to show clot resolution than patients taking heparin alone.’
- ‘In general, if there are no contraindications, streptokinase is preferred by some because of its lower cost.’
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