C-reactive protein


C–re·ac·tive protein

noun \ˈsē-rē-ˈak-tiv-\

Definition of C-REACTIVE PROTEIN

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

Origin 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

C–re·ac·tive protein

noun \ˌsē-rē-ˌak-tiv-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of C–REACTIVE PROTEIN

: 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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