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Bence–Jones protein

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noun \ˌben(t)s-ˌjōnz-\

Medical Definition of Bence–Jones protein

  1. :  a polypeptide composed of one or two antibody light chains that is found especially in the urine of persons affected with multiple myeloma

Biographical Note for bence–jones protein

Bence–Jones

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Henry

(1814–1873), British physician. In 1848 Bence-Jones published an article announcing his discovery of a special protein (now known as Bence-Jones protein) in the urine of patients suffering from softening of the bones. The first physician to note the occurrence of xanthine in urine, Bence-Jones was also a recognized authority on diseases of the stomach and kidneys.


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