acid phosphatase

noun

: any of the phosphatases that are enzymes active chiefly in acid medium and occur especially in the prostate gland, liver, spleen, and semen

Examples of acid phosphatase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Breitenecker also extracted fluid from the test tube to measure the level of acid phosphatase, which would confirm the existence and approximate timing of the semen release. Isabel Seliger, ProPublica, 24 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of acid phosphatase was in 1949

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“Acid phosphatase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acid%20phosphatase. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

acid phosphatase

noun
: any of the phosphatases that are enzymes active chiefly in acid medium and occur especially in the prostate gland, liver, spleen, and semen
It is clearly important to have an early and unequivocal diagnosis of prostatic carcinoma and small deviations in the level of acid phosphatase in the serum could be due to release from other tissues …Nicholas C. Price et al., Fundamentals of Enzymology
compare alkaline phosphatase

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