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Asked • 04/19/19

How does aspirin "thin" blood?

As we all know, aspirin doesn't actually "thin" the blood, as it has been explained to me, it makes it "slippery". Slippery blood doesn't stick to itself hence this helps prevent internal blood clots (or allows blood to pass more easily around an existing clot). I also understand that having your blood too "slippery" can lead to the body attempting to counteract that and making it too "sticky". Anyhow, my question regarding that is this, how does aspirin work? How does it make the blood "slippery"? (If there is a more medically correct term for "slippery" and "sticky", I'm all ears).

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