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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amyloid adjective

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Current research is looking into the possibility of directly targeting amyloid proteins in patients who may be predisposed (due to family history) to develop Alzheimer’s in order to prevent the onset of symptoms, Dr. Tan says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How Exactly Do Different Kinds of Alzheimer’s Medications Work?," 6 Dec. 2018 In the new study, the researchers noted that herpes viruses were involved in networks that regulate these amyloid precursor proteins. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Herpes virus may be linked to Alzheimer’s, study suggests," 22 June 2018 Spinal fluid also provides a measure of amyloid burden. Denise C. Park, sandiegouniontribune.com, "5 myths about Alzheimer's disease," 18 June 2018 This has led to a debate as to whether amyloid is even a cause of Alzheimer’s. Denise C. Park, sandiegouniontribune.com, "5 myths about Alzheimer's disease," 18 June 2018 The new study showed that BAN2401 reduced amyloid in patients’ brains, as detected by imaging scans. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Alzheimer’s Drug Shows Benefit, But Some Experts Say More Testing Needed," 25 July 2018 In 2015, imaging tests revealed the presence of amyloid plaques, the sticky proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease that collect around brain cells and interfere with relaying messages. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 Researchers are finding that Alzheimer’s symptoms and the presence of amyloid and tau do not necessarily go hand in hand. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 For families affected by dementia, trials of anti-Alzheimer’s drugs aimed at breaking up tangles of amyloid or tau protein deposits in the brain can seem plodding and remote. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, "As drug development flounders, people fearing Alzheimer’s embrace lifestyle changes," 24 June 2018

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1866, in the meaning defined above

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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

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amyloid adjective

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