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anticoagulation

noun an·ti·co·ag·u·la·tion \ -kō-ˌag-yə-ˈlā-shən \

medical Definition of anticoagulation

: the process of hindering the clotting of blood; especially : the use of an anticoagulant to prevent the formation of blood clots
  • Patients with valvular heart disease and atrial fibrillation are at a high risk of stroke and should receive anticoagulation.
  • —Scott SternThe Journal of the American Medical Association14 June 2000
  • Although the pharmacodynamics of warfarin are subject to genetic and environmental variability, the primary determinants of the risk of bleeding are the duration and intensity of anticoagulation
  • —Andrew I. SchaferThe New England Journal of Medicine10 Apr. 2003

anticoagulate

play \-kō-ˈag-yə-ˌlāt\ transitive verb anticoagulated; anticoagulating
    • You have to anticoagulate blood so that it doesn't clot as it goes through the tubing.
    • —Gina KolataThe New York Times18 Apr. 1989

anticoagulatory

play \-yə-lə-ˌtōr-ē\ adjective
    • anticoagulatory effects

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