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A highly acidic mucopolysaccharide formed of equal parts of sulfated D-glucosamine and D-glucuronic acid with sulfaminic bridges. The molecular weight ranges from six to twenty thousand. Heparin occurs in and is obtained from liver, lung, mast cells, etc., of vertebrates. Its function is unknown, but it is used to prevent blood clotting in vivo and vitro, in the form of many different salts.

Year introduced: /therapeutic use was HEPARIN, THERAPEUTIC 1965

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Tree Number(s): D09.698.373.400

MeSH Unique ID: D006493

Registry Number: 9005-49-6

Entry Terms:

  • Heparinic Acid
  • Unfractionated Heparin
  • Heparin, Unfractionated
  • Sodium Heparin
  • Heparin, Sodium
  • Heparin Sodium
  • alpha-Heparin
  • alpha Heparin
  • Liquaemin

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