Thrombolysis

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Definition

noun

The dissolution of a thrombus


Supplement

Thrombosis (blot clot formation in blood vessel) may become pathological when it significantly reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients delivered to the affected tissues. One way to manage thrombosis is through thrombolysis. The thrombus is dissolved through the use of thrombolytic agents, such as urokinases, streptokinases, and recombinant tissue plasminogen activators. These pharmacological agents can make the clot soluble and subject to further proteolysis.


Word origin: Greek thrómbos (clot) + Greek lusis ( a loosening)

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