Definitions for c-reactive proteinˈsi riˌæk tɪv

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word c-reactive protein

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

C-re•ac•tive proteinˈsi riˌæk tɪv(n.)

  1. a globulin that increases in concentration in the bloodstream during infectious states and other abnormal conditions.

    Category: Biochemistry

    Ref: Abbr.: CRP

Origin of C-reactive protein:

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. C-reactive protein, CRP(noun)

    a byproduct of inflammation; a globulin that is found in the blood in some cases of acute inflammation


  1. C-reactive protein(Noun)

    A protein found in the blood, whose plasma concentrations are raised in patients with infection or inflammation.

  2. Origin: On discovery (in 1930) the substance was observed to react to the C polysaccharide of pneumococcus.


  1. C-reactive protein

    C-reactive protein is a protein found in the blood, the levels of which rise in response to inflammation. Its physiological role is to bind to phosphocholine expressed on the surface of dead or dying cells in order to activate the complement system via the C1Q complex. CRP is synthesized by the liver in response to factors released by macrophages and fat cells. It is a member of the pentraxin family of proteins. It is not related to C-peptide or protein C. C-reactive protein was the first pattern recognition receptor to be identified.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. C-Reactive Protein

    A plasma protein that circulates in increased amounts during inflammation and after tissue damage.


Find a translation for the c-reactive protein definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these c-reactive protein definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"c-reactive protein." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 21 Dec. 2014. < protein>.

Are we missing a good definition for c-reactive protein?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for c-reactive protein: