thrombin

noun
throm·bin | \ ˈthräm-bən \

Definition of thrombin 

: a proteolytic enzyme that is formed from prothrombin and facilitates the clotting of blood by catalyzing conversion of fibrinogen to fibrin

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The study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology uses nanotechnology to deliver thrombin, an enzyme that helps blood to clot. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Study used DNA nanorobots to kill cancerous tumors," 13 Feb. 2018 The thrombin was placed using DNA origami, a process where DNA is folded into specific shapes. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Study used DNA nanorobots to kill cancerous tumors," 13 Feb. 2018 In this complex process known as a coagulation cascade, an enzyme in your blood called thrombin allows a protein called fibrinogen to form a net-like structure that hardens and contracts. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Stop a Cut From Bleeding So You Can Get Back to Your Life," 15 Dec. 2017

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1897, in the meaning defined above

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thrombin

noun
throm·bin | \ ˈthräm-bən \

Medical Definition of thrombin 

: a proteolytic enzyme formed from prothrombin that facilitates the clotting of blood by catalyzing conversion of fibrinogen to fibrin and that is used in the form of a powder as a topical hemostatic

called also thrombase

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