Medical Definition of Blood-thinner

1. Any substance that prevents blood clotting. Those drugs administered for prophylaxis or treatment of thromboembolic disorders are heparin, which inactivates thrombin and several other clotting factors and which must be administered parenterally and the oral anticoagulants (warfarin, dicumarol and congeners) which inhibit the hepatic synthesis of vitamin K dependent clotting factors. Anticoagulant solutions used for the preservation of stored whole blood and blood fractions are acid citrate dextrose (ACD), citrate phosphate dextrose (CPD), citrate phosphate dextrose adenine (cPDA 1) and heparin. Anticoagulants used to prevent clotting of blood specimens for laboratory analysis are heparin and several substances that make calcium ions unavailable to the clotting process, including EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), citrate, oxalate and fluoride. (18 Nov 1997)



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Blood-thinner

blood-aqueous barrier
blood-boltered
blood-borne pathogens
blood-brain barrier
blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier
blood-filled
blood-red
blood-related
blood-retinal barrier
blood-stained
blood-sucker
blood-suckers
blood-tax
blood-thinner (current term)
blood-twig
blood-type
blood-vascular system
blood-wit
blood-wite
blood agar
blood albumin
blood and guts
blood and tommy
blood bactericidal activity
blood bank
blood banks
blood bath
blood baths

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