blood thinner


Definition of blood thinner 

: a drug used to prevent the formation of blood clots by hindering coagulation of the blood

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blood-thinning \ˈbləd-ˌthi-niŋ \ adjective

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From warfarin, Link derives a drug called Coumadin, which is used as a blood thinner to treat heart patients and prevent blood clotting. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW scientific advances include vitamins, growing human embryonic stem cells in lab," 12 July 2018 Lab tests revealed that the drug had been contaminated with brodifacoum, a blood thinner used in rat poison. Robert Mccoppin,, "More people sickened by synthetic marijuana believed to be tainted with rat poison," 25 June 2018 In 1984, Jones was also found guilty of injecting 4-week-old Rolando Santos with the blood thinner Heparin. Chris Harris,, "Texas Nurse Allegedly Confessed to Killing Dozens of Small Children: ‘I Really Did Kill Those Babies’," 20 Apr. 2018 At first, the nurse thought the pain medicine was causing confusion in Williams, who pushed for a CT scan and a blood thinner. Vanessa Hua, San Francisco Chronicle, "Training alone won’t end implicit bias," 18 Apr. 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW Born: July 13, 1950 Jan. 9, 1982: 4-week-old Rolando Santos is injected with the blood thinner heparin at Medical Center Hospital. Sept. 17, 1982: 15-month-old Chelsea Ann McClellan dies. San Antonio Express-News, "Timeline: Genene Jones' path from murder to parole," 18 Apr. 2018 Patients can be treated with vitamin K, which helps counteract the effects of the blood thinner. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "Tainted Synthetic Marijuana Sickens More Than 90 in Midwest, Killing 2," 6 Apr. 2018 The drug, known as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), is a potent blood thinner and was approved as an effective clot-busting treatment by the Food and Drug Administration in 1996. Kevin Sheth, Washington Post, "Too many people die from strokes because treatment is delayed," 8 Apr. 2018 Pfizer’s financial fortunes were boosted by strong demand for flagship drugs like the Prevnar, the rheumatoid arthritis treatment Xeljanz, and the blood thinner Eliquis. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Pfizer Is the Latest Drug Maker to Reap Billions from Trump's Tax Cuts," 30 Jan. 2018

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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blood thinner

blood thin·ner | \-ˌthin-ər \

Medical Definition of blood thinner 

: a drug used to prevent the formation of blood clots by hindering coagulation of the blood

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