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/an·ti·co·ag·u·la·tion/ (-ko-ag″u-la´shun)
1. the prevention of coagulation.
2. the use of drugs to render the blood sufficiently incoagulable to discourage thrombosis.


(ant″i-kō-ag″yŭ-lā′shŏn) [ anti- + coagulation]
The prevention or hindering of the coagulation of blood, esp. by an anticoagulant drug. anticoagulate (-kō-ag′yŭ-lāt″)

prophylactic anticoagulation

The administration of anticoagulant drugs to patients who have a high risk for venous thromboembolism, e.g., patients admitted to medical wards of hospitals or undergoing certain forms of surgery, esp. on the hips or knees.


The practice reduces the likelihood of the formation of blood clots but increases the risk of bleeding.
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Perioperative bridging anticoagulation during dabigatran or warfarin interruption among patients who had an elective surgery or procedure.
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