warfarin

noun
war·​fa·​rin | \ˈwȯr-fə-rən \

Definition of warfarin 

: a crystalline anticoagulant coumarin derivative C19H16O4 that inhibits the production of prothrombin by vitamin K and is used as a rodent poison and in medicine also : its sodium salt C19H15NaO4 used especially in the prevention or treatment of thromboembolic disease

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For clots in the legs, doctors usually will put a patient on injectable or IV blood thinners (like heparin), and then move them to blood thinners in a pill form (like warfarin or dabigatran), the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Serena Williams Dedicates Her Wimbledon Performance to ‘All the Moms Out There’ in an Emotional Interview," 17 July 2018 From warfarin, Link derives a drug called Coumadin, which is used as a blood thinner to treat heart patients and prevent blood clotting. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW scientific advances include vitamins, growing human embryonic stem cells in lab," 12 July 2018 One of the most well-known is Coumadin, or its generic version, warfarin. Sandy Bauers, Philly.com, "How high-tech genomics - and simple aspirin - could make your joint replacement better," 17 May 2018 Blood thinners 1941: Karl Paul Link, a professor in UW’s Department of Agriculture, develops the anticoagulant warfarin, used as a rat poison. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW scientific advances include vitamins, growing human embryonic stem cells in lab," 12 July 2018 Based on the results of those tests, a doctor ordered him to discontinue warfarin and switch to another drug. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "As Theranos drama unwinds, former patients claim inaccurate tests changed their lives," 5 July 2018 Then, on a longer-term basis, blood thinners in a pill form — Coumadin or its generic equivalent, warfarin — are prescribed. Sandy Bauers, Philly.com, "5 Questions: Lessons from the early death of Maroon 5 manager Jordan Feldstein," 6 Apr. 2018 It can also be treated by anti-arrhythmic drugs including amiodarone, and some patients may take anticoagulant drugs like warfarin to reduce the risk of stroke. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Heart Device Procedure Is No Better Than Drug Therapy for Irregular Heartbeat: Study," 10 May 2018 Most people in the analysis were being treated for heart disease, cancer or kidney transplants, and were taking warfarin, statins, chemotherapy drugs or immunosuppressants. Amanda Macmillan, Time, "Herbal Supplements May Be Dangerous When You Take Certain Prescription Drugs," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of warfarin

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for warfarin

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (its patentee) + coumarin

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warfarin

noun
war·​fa·​rin | \ˈwȯr-fə-rən \

Medical Definition of warfarin 

: a crystalline anticoagulant coumarin derivative C19H16O4 related to dicumarol that inhibits the production of prothrombin by vitamin K and is used as a rodent poison and in medicine also : its sodium salt C19H15NaO4 used especially in the prevention or treatment of thromboembolic disease — see coumadin

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