Definitions for c-reactive proteinˈsi riˌæk tɪv
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
C-re•ac•tive proteinˈsi riˌæk tɪv(n.)
a globulin that increases in concentration in the bloodstream during infectious states and other abnormal conditions.
Ref: Abbr.: CRP
Origin of C-reactive protein:
1955–60; for C-polysaccharide, which is precipitated by this protein
C-reactive protein, CRP(noun)
a byproduct of inflammation; a globulin that is found in the blood in some cases of acute inflammation
A protein found in the blood, whose plasma concentrations are raised in patients with infection or inflammation.
Origin: On discovery (in 1930) the substance was observed to react to the C polysaccharide of pneumococcus.
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
A plasma protein that circulates in increased amounts during inflammation and after tissue damage.
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