prostate-specific antigen
noun Date: 1981 a protease secreted by epithelial cells of the prostate gland that is used in the diagnosis of prostate cancer since its concentration in blood serum tends to be proportional to the clinical stage of the disease — abbreviation PSA

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  • prostate-specific antigen — n a protease that is secreted by the epithelial cells of the prostate and is used in the diagnosis of prostate cancer since its concentration in the blood serum tends to be proportional to the clinical stage of the disease abbr. PSA * * * (PSA) a …   Medical dictionary

  • prostate specific antigen — (PSA) an enzyme produced by the glandular epithelium of the prostate. Increased quantities are secreted when the gland enlarges, and levels of PSA in the blood are significantly elevated in cancer of the prostate. Although there is no clear cut… …   Medical dictionary

  • prostate specific antigen — PSA an enzyme produced by the glandular epithelium of the prostate. Increased quantities are secreted when the gland becomes enlarged or inflamed, and levels of PSA in the blood are significantly elevated in cancer of the prostate. Although there …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • prostate-specific antigen — PSA. A substance produced by the prostate that may be found in an increased amount in the blood of men who have prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, or infection or inflammation of the prostate. Also called PSA …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • prostate-specific antigen — (Medicine) substance secreted by the epithelial cells in the prostate (often tested as an indicator for prostate cancer), PSA …   English contemporary dictionary

  • prostate specific antigen — noun a protein manufactured exclusively by the prostate gland; PSA is produced for the ejaculate where it liquifies the semen and allows sperm cells to swim freely; elevated levels of PSA in blood serum are associated with benign prostatic… …   Useful english dictionary

  • prostate-specific antigen — ˈ ̷ ̷ ˌ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ ˈ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ noun : a protease that is secreted by the epithelial cells of the prostate and is used in the diagnosis of prostate cancer since its concentration in the blood serum tends to be proportional to the clinical stage of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • prostate-specific antigen — /ˌprɒsteɪt spəsɪfɪk ˈæntədʒən/ (say .prostayt spuhsifik antuhjuhn) noun → PSA2 …   Australian English dictionary

  • prostate-specific antigen test — A blood test that measures the level of prostate specific antigen (PSA), a substance produced by the prostate and some other tissues in the body. Increased levels of PSA may be a sign of prostate cancer …   English dictionary of cancer terms

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