Medical Definition of aprotinin
: a polypeptide with protease-inhibiting properties formerly used to reduce blood loss and preserve platelet function during heart surgery but now withdrawn from use due to safety concerns Based on our data, we therefore believe that additional concern is now warranted regarding the long-term safety of aprotinin among patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery.— Dennis T. Mangano et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association
Love words? Need even more definitions?Merriam-Webster unabridged
Words at Play
Ask the Editors
Commonly Confused Words Quiz
Take a (break/brake) and (pore/pour) over this (c...
Words Named After People
Find out who’s behind "leotard," "morphine," an...
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?
Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!
Spelling Bee Quiz
Can you outdo past winners of the National Spelli...