Skip to main content
Select Source:

thrombin

thrombin A proteolytic enzyme, involved in the clotting of blood, that is generated by the conversion of its zymogen prothrombin, the process being activated by the enzyme thromboplastin, in the presence of calcium ions, and other factors. Thrombin acts upon the soluble fibrinogen in blood to produce insoluble fibrin by catalysing the removal of the fibrinopeptides A and B from fibrinogen. See also BLOOD CLOTTING; BLOOD PLASMA.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"thrombin." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 Jun. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"thrombin." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Encyclopedia.com. (June 24, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/thrombin

"thrombin." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Retrieved June 24, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/thrombin

thrombin

thrombin (throm-bin) n. a substance (coagulation factor) that acts as an enzyme, converting the soluble protein fibrinogen to the insoluble protein fibrin in the final stage of blood coagulation. Thrombin is derived from the inactive substance prothrombin.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"thrombin." A Dictionary of Nursing. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 Jun. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"thrombin." A Dictionary of Nursing. . Encyclopedia.com. (June 24, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/caregiving/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/thrombin

"thrombin." A Dictionary of Nursing. . Retrieved June 24, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/caregiving/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/thrombin

thrombin

thrombin An enzyme that catalyses the conversion of fibrinogen to fibrin. See blood clotting; prothrombin.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"thrombin." A Dictionary of Biology. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 Jun. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"thrombin." A Dictionary of Biology. . Encyclopedia.com. (June 24, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/thrombin-0

"thrombin." A Dictionary of Biology. . Retrieved June 24, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/thrombin-0

thrombin

thrombin Plasma protein involved in the coagulation of blood.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"thrombin." A Dictionary of Food and Nutrition. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 Jun. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"thrombin." A Dictionary of Food and Nutrition. . Encyclopedia.com. (June 24, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/education/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/thrombin

"thrombin." A Dictionary of Food and Nutrition. . Retrieved June 24, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/education/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/thrombin

thrombin

thrombin: see blood clotting.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"thrombin." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 Jun. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"thrombin." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Encyclopedia.com. (June 24, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/reference/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/thrombin

"thrombin." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Retrieved June 24, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/reference/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/thrombin