urokinase

noun

uro·​ki·​nase ˌyu̇r-ō-ˈkī-ˌnās How to pronounce urokinase (audio)
-ˌnāz
: an enzyme that is produced by the kidney and found in urine, that activates plasminogen, and that is used therapeutically to dissolve blood clots (as in the heart)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the early 1980s, when his research was federally funded, Gurewich figured out that urokinase and tPA functioned as a team in the body. Karen Weintraub, STAT, 6 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of urokinase was in 1952

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“Urokinase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urokinase. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

urokinase

noun

: an enzyme that is produced by the kidney and is found in human urine, that activates plasminogen, and that is used therapeutically to dissolve blood clots (as in the heart)

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