Mucopolysaccharidic acid found naturally in the liver and lung tissue that has the ability to pre-vent blood from clotting by binding to antithrombin III. In commercial preparations, heparin is an anti-clotting agent.
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anticoagulant (Any substance that inhibits or prevents blood coagulation, such as heparin.)
basophil (... blood volume, and secrete heparin and histamine.)
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