C-reactive-protein meaning

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A globulin that appears in the blood in certain acute inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatic fever, bacterial infections, and neoplastic diseases.
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A globulin in the blood produced by the liver in response to inflammation.
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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.
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A globulin that appears in the blood in certain acute inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatic fever, bacterial infections, and neoplastic diseases.
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An antibody found in the blood in certain acute and chronic conditions including infections and cancers. It is a nonspecific indicator of inflammation and therefore not diagnostic of any one disease.
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(hematology) A protein found in the blood, whose plasma concentrations are raised in patients with infection or inflammation.
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Origin of c-reactive-protein

  • C-(polysaccharide) reactive

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • On discovery (in 1930) the substance was observed to react to the C polysaccharide of pneumococcus.

    From Wiktionary