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The breaking down of a thrombus


Thrombus or blood clot in blood vessel may lead to infarction and the local death of tissues. In order to break down blood clots, thrombolytic agents are used. These drugs can break down the clots by making the clots soluble and susceptible to proteolysis. The breaking down of clots is referred to as thromboclasis.

Word origin: Greek thrómbos (clot) + Greek clasis ( a breaking)


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