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

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anticoagulant adjective

Examples of anticoagulant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some early studies have shown that treating patients with anticoagulants can help. Maggie Fox, CNN, "Blood clots fill lungs of black coronavirus victims, study finds," 27 May 2020 In the early 1990s, Van Beek helped develop the D-dimer blood test that’s used around the world to monitor clot formation in patients, including those with Covid-19, and to dose them with heparin and other anticoagulant medications. Jason Gale, Fortune, "Doctors warn of emerging COVID-19 symptom: dangerous blood clots," 5 May 2020 In some patients, physicians are reporting a blood-clotting complication that does not respond to anticoagulants. Anchorage Daily News, "CDC confirms six new coronavirus symptoms that are showing up in patients over and over," 28 Apr. 2020 She was treated with blood thinners and anticoagulant drugs, and after 10 days was released to a rehabilitation center. Dennis Thompson, CBS News, "Coronavirus linked to strokes in younger adults," 29 Apr. 2020 Despite getting anticoagulants, the patient was still developing clots in various parts of his body. Author: Ariana Eunjung Cha, Anchorage Daily News, "A mysterious blood-clotting complication is killing coronavirus patients," 22 Apr. 2020 This advice is limited to people who are not already taking medication that increases the risk of bleeding, for example, an anticoagulant like Coumadin or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (Nsaid) like ibuprofen or naproxen. New York Times, "Aspirin, the Original Wonder Drug," 9 Mar. 2020 Hirudin, the anticoagulant in leech saliva, is unrivalled in its strength, according to Kvist. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Why the World Needs Bloodsucking Creatures," 2 Dec. 2019 Their saliva is a complex mixture of many, many compounds, including anticoagulants and anesthetics, which has left them in great demand among medical researchers. James Gorman, New York Times, "Meet the Bloodsuckers," 28 Oct. 2019

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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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3 Jun 2020

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“Anticoagulant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of anticoagulant

medical : a substance that prevents blood from forming clots


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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