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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Other Words from anticoagulant

anticoagulant adjective

Examples of anticoagulant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web She was treated with heparin, but her condition worsened and she was switched to a different anticoagulant and IVIG. NBC News, 19 Apr. 2021 Second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides also tend to persist longer in the body of any creature unlucky enough to eat them. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Apr. 2021 Another pair holds your tissues open while the last pair works together to drool mosquito saliva into the wound—which contains an anticoagulant, to keep your blood from clotting—and suck up a body-full of your blood. Outdoor Life Staff, Outdoor Life, 11 Jan. 2021 Kim says all patients with the disease admitted to his hospital are given a very low dose of an anticoagulant. Monique Brouillette, Scientific American, 9 Oct. 2020 Some early studies have shown that treating patients with anticoagulants can help. Maggie Fox, CNN, 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, 5 May 2020 In some patients, physicians are reporting a blood-clotting complication that does not respond to anticoagulants. Anchorage Daily News, 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, 29 Apr. 2020

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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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27 Apr 2021

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“Anticoagulant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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