The liver or a preparation made from it. The term hepar is not often used today. It is a direct borrowing of the Greek hepar, liver.
An anticoagulant (anti-clotting) medication. Heparin is useful in preventing thromboembolic complications (clots that travel from their site of origin through the blood stream to clog up another vessel). Heparin is also used in the early treatment of blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolisms).
- Heparin, low-weight
Lovenox, Fragmin) that has a lower molecular weight than normal heparin. Fewer blood tests are needed, and it may be . superior to regular (unfractionated) heparin in cases of unstable angina and other cardiac diseases. See also heparin.
- Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia
Low blood platelet count as a result of the medication heparin. HIT (Heparin induced thrombocytopenia) is caused by the body forming antibodies to Heparin when it is bound to platelet factor4 (PF4) – a protein in the blood. These antibodies bind to the combination of Heparin and PF4 and activate platelets which in turn clump […]
Prefix or combining form used before a vowel to refer to the liver. From the Greek hepar, liver.
- Hepatic artery
An artery that distributes blood to the liver, pancreas and gallbladder as well as to the stomach and duodenal portion of the small intestine.