carcinoembryonic antigen


car·ci·no·em·bry·on·ic antigen

noun \ˌkär-sə-nō-ˌem-brē-ˈä-nik-\

Definition of CARCINOEMBRYONIC ANTIGEN

:  a glycoprotein present in fetal digestive-tract tissues and in peripheral blood of patients with some forms of cancer

First Known Use of CARCINOEMBRYONIC ANTIGEN

1967

car·ci·no·em·bry·on·ic antigen

noun \ˌkärs-ən-ō-ˌem-brē-ˌän-ik-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CARCINOEMBRYONIC ANTIGEN

: a glycoprotein present in fetal gut tissues during the first two trimesters of pregnancy and in peripheral blood of patients with some forms of cancer (as of the digestive system or the breast)—abbreviation CEA

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