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Waldenstrom Macroglobulimemeia A condition in which a proliferation of lymphocyte-like or plasma cell-like cells are associated with the development of huge circulating proteins in people that may come to attention because of anemia and large organs like the spleen, liver, or lymph nodes.
Warfarin An anticoagulant drug that works by suppressing the production of clotting factors that rely on vitamin K for their production: factors II (prothrombin), VII, IX, and X. Originally isolated from a spoiled sweet clover that causes cattle to hemorrhage an die, it (more accurately, its original form) is named after its original patent holder, WARF, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. Its effectiveness in controlling pestilent rats and mice initially led to its commercial success. It has evolved into the most widely prescribed anticoagulant drug for people, and has saved countless lives.
Wells Small containers, similar to a tiny test tubes, used to grow cells or perform experiments in the laboratory. Culture dishes are often made with 96 wells each for screening monoclonal antibodies.
White Blood Cells Various types of blood cells involved in fighting infection. These cells are responsible for both therapeutic and pathological inflammation. Typically, they are divided into three subcategories, each with multiple further classifications: myeloid (from the marrow), lymphoid (from the lymph system), and monocyte/macrophage (scavengers).
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