Heparin - Definition

July 2017


Heparin is a molecule that acts as an anticoagulating agent on a blood protein. It is naturally synthesized by the body, specifically the immune system, and can also be supplied through pork or beef offal. Heparin is administered in cases of thrombosis, a blockage of a blood cell, in order to liquefy a clot. In cases with coagulating disorder, or conditions such as hemophilia, heparin can be lethal as it causes severe hemorrhage.


Published by Jeff. Latest update on November 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM by Jeff.
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