fetoprotein

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fetoprotein

(fē′tə-prō′tēn, -tē-ĭn)
n.
Any of several antigens normally present in a fetus and occurring abnormally in adults as a result of certain cancers or diseases of the liver.

fe·to·pro·tein

, alpha (α)-fetoprotein (AFP) , gamma (γ)-fetoprotein , beta (β)-fetoprotein (fē'tō-prō'tēn, al'fă, gam'ă, bātă)
Fetal proteins found in small amounts in adults in the following forms: 1) AFP increases in maternal blood during pregnancy; when detected by amniocentesis, is an important indicator of neural tube defects (e.g., spina bifida); used as a tumor marker in adults with hepatocellular carcinoma; 2) beta (β)-fetoprotein, although a fetal liver protein, has been detected in adult patients with liver disease; and 3) gamma (γ)-fetoprotein occurs in association with various neoplasms.
See also: fetoglobulins

fetoprotein

(fe?to-pro'ten)
An antigen present in the human fetus and in certain pathological conditions in adults. The amniotic fluid level can be used to evaluate fetal development. Elevated serum levels are found in adults with certain kinds of liver diseases.
See: alpha-fetoprotein
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