C-reactive proteinC-re·ac·tive protein
- a globulin in the blood produced by the liver in response to inflammation
- a blood test for detecting the presence of this globulin so as to measure the level of inflammation, as in estimating the likelihood of a heart attack
Origin of C-reactive protein; from C-(polysaccharide) reactive
A globulin that appears in the blood in certain acute inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatic fever, bacterial infections, and neoplastic diseases.
Origin of C-reactive proteinC-(polysaccharide) reactive.
(uncountable) (abbreviation CRP)
On discovery (in 1930) the substance was observed to react to the C polysaccharide of pneumococcus.