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[hep-uh-rin] /ˈhɛp ə rɪn/

Biochemistry. a polysaccharide, occurring in various tissues, especially the liver, and having anticoagulent properties.
Pharmacology. a commercial form of this substance, obtained from the liver and lungs of domesticated food animals, that when injected into the blood prevents coagulation: used chiefly in the treatment of thrombosis.
a polysaccharide, containing sulphate groups, present in most body tissues: an anticoagulant used in the treatment of thrombosis

substance found in the liver, lungs and other tissues, 1918, from Greek hepar “liver” (see hepatitis) + -in (2).

heparin hep·a·rin (hěp’ər-ĭn)
A complex organic acid that is found especially in lung and liver tissue, has a mucopolysaccharide as its active constituent, prevents platelet agglutination and blood clotting, and is used in the form of its sodium salt in the treatment of thrombosis.
hep’a·rin’i·za’tion (-ə-rĭn’ĭ-zā’shən) n.
hep’a·rin·ize’ (-ər-ə-nīz’) v.
An acidic glycosaminoglycan found especially in lung and liver tissue that prevents the clotting of blood and is used intravenously in the treatment of thrombosis and embolism.


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  • Heparitin sulfate

    heparitin sulfate hep·a·ri·tin sulfate (hěp’ər-ĭ-tn) n. A polysaccharide containing the same repeating disaccharide groups as heparin, it accumulates in persons with certain mucopolysaccharidoses.

  • Hepat-

    1. variant of before a vowel: hepatoma. hepat- pref. Variant of hepato-.

  • Hepatalgia

    hepatalgia hep·a·tal·gi·a (hěp’ə-tāl’jē-ə, -jə) n. Pain in the liver. Also called hepatodynia.

  • Hepatatrophia

    hepatatrophia hep·a·ta·tro·phi·a (hěp’ə-tə-trō’fē-ə) or hep·a·tat·ro·phy (hěp’ə-tāt’rə-fē) n. Atrophy of the liver.

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