tissue plasminogen activator

noun

Definition of tissue plasminogen activator 

: a clot-dissolving enzyme with an affinity for fibrin that is produced naturally in blood vessel linings and is used in a genetically engineered form to prevent damage to heart muscle following a heart attack and reduce neurological damage following ischemic stroke abbreviation TPA

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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 For stroke, tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) must be administered within three hours to dissolve blood clots that may be blocking blood flow to the brain. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "Heart attack and stroke symptoms: You should know the difference between men and women," 29 Mar. 2018 To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient's arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-busting agent called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital honored for stroke care," 31 Oct. 2017

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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tissue plasminogen activator

noun

Medical Definition of tissue plasminogen activator 

: a clot-dissolving enzyme that has an affinity for fibrin, that catalyzes the conversion of plasminogen to plasmin, that is produced naturally in blood vessel linings, and that is used in a genetically engineered form to prevent damage to heart muscle following a heart attack and to reduce neurological damage following ischemic stroke abbreviation tPA

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