dalteparin

Definition / meaning of dalteparin

A low molecular weight, synthetic heparin. As an anticoagulant/antithrombotic agent, dalteparin binds to antithrombin and enhances the inhibition of Factor Xa. Compared to unfractionated heparins, the use of dalteparin is associated with lower incidences of osteoporosis and heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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