urokinase

noun uro·ki·nase \ ˌyu̇r-ō-ˈkī-ˌnās , -ˌnāz \

Definition of urokinase

: 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)

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1952

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urokinase

noun uro·ki·nase \ ˌyu̇r-ō-ˈkī-ˌnās, -ˌnāz \

medical Definition of urokinase

: 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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