alkaline phosphatase

noun

Definition of alkaline phosphatase

: 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

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1935


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alkaline phosphatase

noun

medical Definition of alkaline phosphatase

: 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 SquiresThe Washington Post18 July 1989
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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