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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Other Words from blood thinner

blood-thinning \ ˈbləd-​ˌthi-​niŋ How to pronounce blood thinner (audio) \ adjective

Examples of blood thinner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So far, officials say doctors should avoid heparin in these cases because the blood thinner appeared to make the complications worse. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, "Rare reactions to Johnson & Johnson vaccine remain a mystery, putting many women on edge," 17 Apr. 2021 Usually, the standard of care for clotting problems is a blood thinner, called heparin, given intravenously. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "'We can't afford to miss it': Doctors on alert for rare blood clots linked to J&J vaccine," 16 Apr. 2021 Heparin, the blood thinner most often used to break up clots, can make matters worse by further activating the platelets, leading to more clots., "Blood clots related to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are extremely rare," 13 Apr. 2021 Usually, people with blood clots are treated with a blood thinner called heparin. NBC News, "Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be paused in U.S. after 'extremely rare' blood clots, FDA and CDC say," 13 Apr. 2021 Typically doctors would treat a clot alone with a blood thinner. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana scrambles after feds pause Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout. Here's what's next.," 13 Apr. 2021 For most people who are having a stroke or are treated for blood clots, the standard therapy in hospitals is to give them heparin, a blood thinner, Barnes said. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis: What to know about rare blood clot condition," 13 Apr. 2021 The antibodies were similar to those found with the heparin side effect even though the patients had never used that blood thinner. Lauran Neergaard,, "What’s known about Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine and rare blood clots," 13 Apr. 2021 That condition is caused when people taking heparin, a blood thinner, for unknown reasons develop an immune reaction against it, producing antibodies against platelet clumps that can lead to clots in blood vessels instead of preventing clots. Alice Park, Time, "Two New Studies Point to How AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine Is Linked to Blood Clots," 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of blood thinner

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blood thinner was in 1879

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29 Apr 2021

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“Blood thinner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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blood thinner

blood thin·​ner | \ -ˌthin-ər How to pronounce blood thinner (audio) \

Medical Definition of blood thinner

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

Other Words from blood thinner

blood-thinning adjective

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