C-reactive protein

C-reactive protein
C-re·ac·tive protein .sē-rē-.ak-tiv- n a protein produced by the liver that is normally present in trace amounts in the blood serum but is elevated during episodes of acute inflammation (as those associated with neoplastic disease, chronic infection, or coronary artery disease)

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(CRP) a globulin that forms a precipitate with the somatic C-polysaccharide of the pneumococcus in vitro; it is the most predominant of the acute phase proteins.

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