an·​ti·​co·​ag·​u·​lant | \ ˌan-tē-kō-ˈa-gyə-lənt How to pronounce anticoagulant (audio) , ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anticoagulant (audio) \

Definition of anticoagulant

: a substance that hinders the clotting of blood : blood thinner

Other Words from anticoagulant

anticoagulant adjective

Examples of anticoagulant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Medical Examiner's report said that Thomas' surgeon said her vitals were normal, and she was given Lovenox, an anticoagulant. Rachel Desantis,, 25 July 2022 The predators discharge an anticoagulant to keep the blood flowing. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 7 July 2022 Draculin is an anticoagulant from vampire bat venom and is used to treat stroke and heart attack. New York Times, 3 May 2022 In the clinical trial of Eliquis, patients getting the drug were 11% less likely to die from any cause than those getting warfarin, which for decades had been the only anticoagulant used to prevent strokes in people with atrial fibrillation. John Fauber And Coulter Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 Its anticoagulant – Eliquis – continues to gain market share and bolster the company’s overall top-line growth. Trefis Team, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 However, the lawsuit alleges that Brayden was never given Heparin or another anticoagulant, drugs used to prevent blood clots in the lungs after such a surgery. Abigail Adams,, 12 Jan. 2022 She was started, too, on an anticoagulant that thins the blood to help prevent clots. Carolyn Barber, Scientific American, 12 Jan. 2022 However, if the colonoscopy is being performed to remove a large polyp, for example, then there is a significant risk of bleeding if the anticoagulant isn’t stopped. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of anticoagulant

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anticoagulant was in 1886

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“Anticoagulant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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an·​ti·​co·​ag·​u·​lant | \ ˌant-i-kō-ˈag-yə-lənt, ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce anticoagulant (audio) \

Medical Definition of anticoagulant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or utilizing anticoagulants anticoagulant therapy



Medical Definition of anticoagulant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance (as a drug) that hinders coagulation and especially coagulation of the blood : blood thinner

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