creatine kinase

noun

Definition of creatine kinase 

: any of three isoenzymes found especially in vertebrate skeletal and myocardial muscle that catalyze the transfer of a high-energy phosphate group from phosphocreatine to ADP with the formation of ATP and creatine

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The key for patients who have muscle symptoms while on statins lies in a blood test known as creatine kinase, or CK, an enzyme found in muscles. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "How Many People Can’t Tolerate Statins?," 1 June 2018

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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creatine kinase

noun

Medical Definition of creatine kinase 

: any of three isoenzymes found especially in vertebrate skeletal and myocardial muscle and the brain that catalyze the transfer of a high-energy phosphate group from phosphocreatine to ADP with the formation of ATP and creatine and typically occur in elevated levels in the blood following injury to brain or muscle tissue

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