alteplase

noun
al·te·plase | \ ˈal-tə-ˌplās \

Medical Definition of alteplase 

: a recombinant form of tissue plasminogen activator that is used to prevent damage to heart muscle following a heart attack and to reduce neurological damage following ischemic stroke Intravenous thrombolytic treatment with alteplase, initiated within 3 hours after the onset of symptoms, is the only medical therapy currently available for acute ischemic stroke. —Werner Hacket et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 25 Sept. 2008

Note: Alteplase is marketed under the trademark Activase.

Learn More about alteplase

Dictionary Entries near alteplase

alt

ALT

Altace

alteplase

alter

alterant

alterative

Comments on alteplase

What made you want to look up alteplase? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an open space surrounded by woods

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!