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C-reactive protein

[ see-ree-ak-tiv ]
/ ˈsi riˌæk tɪv /
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noun Biochemistry.
a globulin that increases in concentration in the bloodstream during infectious states and other abnormal conditions. Abbreviation: CRP
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Origin of C-reactive protein

First recorded in 1955–60; for C-polysaccharide, which is precipitated by this protein

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Scientific definitions for C-reactive protein

C-reactive protein
[ sērē-ăk′tĭv ]

An antibody found in the blood in certain acute and chronic conditions including infections and cancers. It is a nonspecific indicator of inflammation and therefore not diagnostic of any one disease.
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