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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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, "At 88, this doctor won’t give up on a long-ignored treatment for strokes and heart attacks," 6 Apr. 2018

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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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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