biomarker

noun
bio·​mark·​er | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌmär-kər \

Definition of biomarker

: a distinctive biological or biologically derived indicator (such as a metabolite) of a process, event, or condition (such as aging, disease, or oil formation)

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Blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, insulin and other biomarkers fell, possibly lowering their risk for heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 His health biomarkers, especially his blood pressure, were excellent. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 The blood biomarker method could be refined in a way that might help doctors and moms, said Louis Muglia, co-director of the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Why doctors are so bad at predicting pregnancy due dates," 9 June 2018 Elsewhere, researchers are on the hunt for genetic mutations and biomarkers in the blood that could be used to diagnose depression — and guide treatment. Megan Thielking, STAT, "Can precision medicine do for depression what it’s done for cancer? It won’t be easy," 9 May 2018 These switches would flip only when the cell detects all biomarkers for inflammation — a multiple-input AND gate, in logic terms. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 Wong’s lab has developed a smart CAR-T called the Split Universal and Programmable (SUPRA) CAR system, which homes in on multiple cancer biomarkers and adjusts the strength of the immune response to the patient’s degree of cancer. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 In all of these studies, results have consistently shown that eggs don’t increase the biomarkers of heart disease, including the ratio of bad cholesterol to good. WSJ, "Are Eggs Bad for You? Two Scientists Square Off," 13 Sep. 2018 In his lab at UT Southwestern, Trivedi has his eye on several potential depression biomarkers, including C-reactive protein, which is a marker of inflammation. Megan Thielking, STAT, "Can precision medicine do for depression what it’s done for cancer? It won’t be easy," 9 May 2018

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biomarker

noun
bio·​mark·​er | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌmär-kər \

Medical Definition of biomarker

: a distinctive biological or biologically derived indicator (as a biochemical metabolite in the body) of a process, event, or condition (as aging, disease, or exposure to a toxic substance) age-related biomarkers of disease and degenerative change— Janet Raloff

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