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C–reactive protein

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noun C–re·ac·tive protein \ˈsē-rē-ˈak-tiv-\

Definition of C–reactive protein

  1. :  a protein present in blood serum in various abnormal states (as inflammation or neoplasia)



Origin and Etymology of c–reactive protein

C-polysaccharide, a polysaccharide found in the cell wall of pneumococci and precipitated by this protein, from carbohydrate


First Known Use: 1955


Medical Dictionary

C–reactive protein

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noun C–re·ac·tive protein \ˌsē-rē-ˌak-tiv-\

Medical Definition of C–reactive protein

  1. :  a protein produced by the liver that is normally present in trace amounts in the blood serum but is elevated during episodes of acute inflammation (as those associated with neoplastic disease, chronic infection, or coronary artery disease)




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