carcinoembryonic antigen
noun Date: 1967 a glycoprotein present in fetal digestive-tract tissues and in peripheral blood of patients with some forms of cancer

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  • Carcinoembryonic antigen — (CEA) is a glycoprotein involved in cell adhesion. It is normally produced during fetal development, but the production of CEA stops before birth. Therefore, it is not usually present in the blood of healthy adults, although levels are raised in… …   Wikipedia

  • Carcinoembryonic antigen — (CEA) is a protein found in many types of cells but associated with tumors and the developing fetus. CEA is tested in blood. The normal range is Benign conditions that can increase CEA include smoking, infection, inflammatory bowel disease,… …   Medical dictionary

  • carcinoembryonic antigen — [kär΄sə nō em brē än′ik] n. a glycoprotein found in serum, urine, etc. that is associated with various types of tumors: monitoring its levels is useful in treating cancer patients * * * …   Universalium

  • carcinoembryonic antigen — [kär΄sə nō em brē än′ik] n. a glycoprotein found in serum, urine, etc. that is associated with various types of tumors: monitoring its levels is useful in treating cancer patients …   English World dictionary

  • carcinoembryonic antigen — Antigen found in blood of patients suffering from cancer of colon and some other diseases, that is otherwise normally found in foetal gut tissue …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • carcinoembryonic antigen — n. CEA, antigen found in an increased amount in the blood of people who suffer from certain cancers (such as colon cancer) or other diseases and in the blood of heavy smokers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • carcinoembryonic antigen — CEA. A substance that is sometimes found in an increased amount in the blood of people who have certain cancers, other diseases, or who smoke. It is used as a tumor marker for colorectal cancer. Also called CEA …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • carcinoembryonic antigen — ¦kärsən(ˌ)ōˌ… noun Etymology: carcin + embryonic : a glycoprotein present in fetal gut tissues during the first two trimesters of pregnancy and in peripheral blood of patients with some forms of cancer (as of the digestive system or breast)… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Carcinoembryonic antigen peptide-1 — is a nine amino acid peptide fragment of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), a protein that is overexpressed in several cancer cell types, including gastrointestinal, breast, and non small cell lung.Synonyms: * CAP 1 * Carcinoembryonic Antigen… …   Wikipedia

  • carcinoembryonic antigen peptide-1 — CAP 1. A protein that can stimulate an immune response to certain tumors. Also called CAP 1 …   English dictionary of cancer terms

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