Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several antigens normally present in a fetus and occurring abnormally in adults as a result of certain neoplastic conditions or diseases of the liver.

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  • n. Any of several antigens produced in a developing embryo, of which the most common is alpha-fetoprotein

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  • n. any of several antigens that occur naturally in the fetus and sometimes in adults with cancer

Etymologies

feto- +‎ protein (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • These proteins include recombinant forms of human coagulation factors VIIa and IX, which are being developed for the treatment of patients with hemophilia, and recombinant alpha-fetoprotein, which is being developed for the treatment of Myasthenia Gravis and Multiple Sclerosis.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Increased amniotic fluid alpha-fetoprotein in patients with fetal nuchal edema.

    Prenatal Diagnosis

  • Serial examination of serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels as an additional screen for hepatoblastoma at least everythree months until the age of 4-5 years.

    Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

  • Hallak M, O'Brien JE, Isada NB, Johnson MP, drugan A, Evans MI: Thyroid function does not alter maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein interpretation.

    Prenatal Diagnosis

  • Measurement of blood alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) concentration

    Beckwith-Weidemann Syndrome

  • A 20-week alpha fetoprotein test showed a “genetic defect” in the baby Christa Kukan was carrying.

    Laura's CDH story

  • Abnormal levels of alpha-fetoprotein in amniotic fluid or maternal blood may indicate an increased risk for a variety of birth defects or chromosomal disorders.

    Glossary

  • Amniocentesis is performed for viral cultures, chromosomal analysis and alpha-fetoprotein levels.

    Hydrocephalus

  • The diagnosis of omphalocele is usually made by ultrasound, in many cases following an elevated second trimester maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein test.

    Omphalocele

  • The diagnosis of gastroschisis is usually made by ultrasound, in many cases following an elevated maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein test in the second trimester.

    Gastroschisis

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