Bence-Jones protein

noun \ ˈben(t)s-ˈjōnz- \

Definition of Bence-Jones protein

: a polypeptide composed of one or two antibody light chains that is found especially in the urine of persons affected with multiple myeloma

Origin and Etymology of bence-jones protein

Henry Bence-Jones †1873 English physician and chemist


Medical Dictionary

Bence-Jones protein

noun \ ˌben(t)s-ˌjōnz- \

medical Definition of Bence-Jones protein

: a polypeptide composed of one or two antibody light chains that is found especially in the urine of persons affected with multiple myeloma

Biographical Note for bence-jones protein

  • Bence–Jones, Henry (1814–1873), British physician. In 1848 Bence-Jones published an article announcing his discovery of a special protein (now known as Bence-Jones protein) in the urine of patients suffering from softening of the bones. The first physician to note the occurrence of xanthine in urine, Bence-Jones was also a recognized authority on diseases of the stomach and kidneys.

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