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Attenuant



a medicine or agent that thins the blood.
Historical Examples

As a diuretic and attenuant in dropsy, or as an expectorant in chronic coughs.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

adjective
causing dilution or thinness, esp of the blood
noun
(obsolete) an attenuant drug or agent

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