Biochemistry. a waxy, translucent substance, composed primarily of protein fibers, that is deposited in various organs of animals in certain diseases.
a nonnitrogenous food consisting especially of starch.
Also am·y·loi·dal. of, resembling, or containing amylum.
Origin of amyloid
First recorded in 1855–60; amyl-
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Amylaceous, Amyloid, composed of starch (amylum), or starch-like.
As is well known, the amyloid material itself resists the action of the gastric juice.
Amyloid degeneration of the blood-vessels is a doubtful cause of hemorrhage.
Lardaceous (amyloid or waxy) degeneration of the intestinal mucous membrane is met with in chronic catarrh.
The liver, besides the change due to cirrhosis, may be affected by amyloid or fatty degeneration, or by both combined.
British Dictionary definitions for amyloid
pathol a complex protein resembling starch, deposited in tissues in some degenerative diseases
any substance resembling starch
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Word Origin and History for amyloid
"starch-like," 1857, coined in German (1839) from Latin amylum (see amyl) + Greek-derived suffix -oid. The noun is attested from 1872.
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A starchlike substance.
A hard, waxy deposit consisting of protein and polysaccharides resulting from the degeneration of tissue.
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A hard waxy substance consisting of protein and polysaccharides that results from the degeneration of tissue and is deposited in organs or tissues of the body in various chronic diseases.
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