alkaline phosphatase

noun

: any of the phosphatases that are optimally active in alkaline medium and occur in especially high concentrations in bone, the liver, the kidneys, and the placenta

Examples of alkaline phosphatase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers calculated participants’ biological ages by analyzing nine biomarkers found in the blood: albumin, alkaline phosphatase, creatinine, C-reactive protein, glucose, mean corpuscular volume, red cell distribution width, white blood cell count, and lymphocyte proportion. Maggie O'Neill, Health, 18 Apr. 2024 But according to the new Food and Function study, eggs appear to activate a group of bodily enzymes called alkaline phosphatase, which can strengthen bones. Sarah Garone, Health, 23 Mar. 2024 Strensiq replaces a deficient enzyme, alkaline phosphatase, and allows the bones to mineralize. New York Times, 25 Aug. 2019 So Halámek and his team focused on levels of alkaline phosphatase (ALP), an enzyme found in blood, to determine age. National Geographic, 29 June 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alkaline phosphatase was in 1935

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Medical Definition

alkaline phosphatase

noun
: any of the phosphatases that are enzymes active chiefly in alkaline medium and occur in especially high concentrations in bone, the liver, the kidneys, and the placenta
Normally, blood levels of alkaline phosphatase, which are a measure of bone cell growth and bone rebuilding, begin declining with age and remain very low throughout old age.Sally Squires, The Washington Post

Note: A test measuring the level of alkaline phosphatase in the blood serum is an important diagnostic indicator for diseases especially of the bone, liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts.

compare acid phosphatase

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