amyloid

noun
am·​y·​loid | \ ˈa-mə-ˌlȯid How to pronounce amyloid (audio) \

Definition of amyloid

: a waxy translucent substance consisting primarily of protein that is deposited in some animal organs and tissues under abnormal conditions (such as Alzheimer's disease) — compare beta-amyloid

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Other Words from amyloid

amyloid adjective

Examples of amyloid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Furthermore, Lilly’s study was more stringent in patient recruitment, enrolling only those who had measurable levels of brain amyloid and low levels of a different protein called tau. BostonGlobe.com, "Biogen gets stock bump on Eli Lilly Alzheimer’s news," 11 Jan. 2021 Drugs developed by global pharmaceutical companies have mostly targeted beta amyloid. Bloomberg.com, "China Alzheimer Drug Seeks Global Legitimacy With U.S. Trial," 4 Nov. 2020 There’s no certainty as to why turmeric has this beneficial effect, but researchers believe it’s because of the plant’s anti-inflammatory properties, which help keep Alzheimer’s-causing amyloid plaques from building up between neurons. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, "Four plants that are scientifically proven to be therapeutic," 25 Jan. 2021 The two treatments target different forms of amyloid, and their respective trials used different measurements of cognitive ability. BostonGlobe.com, "Biogen gets stock bump on Eli Lilly Alzheimer’s news," 11 Jan. 2021 The idea is that Alzheimer's is intimately linked to the accumulation of amyloid in the brain. Star Tribune, "Alzheimer's drug shows promise in a small trial," 14 Jan. 2021 That theory, dubbed the amyloid hypothesis, had reached a scientific nadir in recent years after a string of similar medicines failed to benefit patients in key clinical trials. BostonGlobe.com, "Biogen gets stock bump on Eli Lilly Alzheimer’s news," 11 Jan. 2021 The company has not published any data on the test’s accuracy, although the doctors have published on the amyloid research leading to the test. Marilynn Marchione, USA TODAY, "First blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer's disease goes on sale," 30 Nov. 2020 Another study found that healthy middle-age adults who slept badly for just one night produced an abundance of the protein beta amyloid, responsible for the plaques characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Don't let election stress ruin your sleep (here's what to do)," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of amyloid

1866, in the meaning defined above

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17 Feb 2021

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“Amyloid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amyloid. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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amyloid

noun
am·​y·​loid | \ ˈam-ə-ˌlȯid \

Medical Definition of amyloid

1 : a nonnitrogenous starchy food
2 : a waxy translucent substance consisting primarily of protein that is deposited in some animal organs and tissue under abnormal conditions (as in Alzheimer's disease) — see beta-amyloid

Other Words from amyloid

amyloid adjective

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