alkaline phosphatase

noun

Definition of alkaline phosphatase

  1. :  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

First Known Use of alkaline phosphatase

1935


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alkaline phosphatase

noun

Medical Definition of alkaline phosphatase

  1. :  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, 18 July 1989 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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