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[hir-yuh-din, hir-uh-, hi-rood-n] /ˈhɪr yə dɪn, ˈhɪr ə-, hɪˈrud n/

a gray or white, water-soluble acidic polypeptide obtained from the buccal gland of leeches, used in medicine chiefly as an anticoagulant.
(med) an anticoagulant extracted from the mouth glands of leeches

hirudin hir·u·din (hĭ-rōōd’n, hēr’ə-dən, -yə-)
A substance extracted from the salivary glands of leeches and used as an anticoagulant.


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