C-reactive Protein Definition

A globulin in the blood produced by the liver in response to inflammation.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World

Origin of C-reactive Protein

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

    From Wiktionary

  • C-(polysaccharide) reactive

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

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