hirudin

noun
hi·​ru·​din | \ hi-ˈrü-dᵊn How to pronounce hirudin (audio) , ˈhir-(y)ə-\

Definition of hirudin

: an anticoagulant extracted from the buccal glands of the medicinal leech

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The team also found that sulfated anophelins are more effective than hirudin, a blood-thinning molecule derived from the salivary juices of leeches, which is occasionally used in clinical settings. Vanessa Zainzinger, Science | AAAS, "Mosquito spit can bust blood clots in mice," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hirudin

1905, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hirudin

from Hirudin, a trademark

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hirudin

noun
hi·​ru·​din | \ hir-ˈüd-ᵊn How to pronounce hirudin (audio) , ˈhir-(y)əd-ən How to pronounce hirudin (audio) \

Medical Definition of hirudin

: an anticoagulant extracted from the buccal glands of a leech

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