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marker

 [mahr´ker]
something that identifies or that is used to identify; see also determinant.
cell-surface marker an antigenic determinant found on the surface of a specific type of cell.
tumor marker a biochemical substance indicative of presence of a tumor; ideally, it should be specific, sensitive, and proportional to tumor load. Called also biomarker.

mark·er

(mark'ĕr),
1. A device used to make a mark or to indicate measurement.
2. A characteristic or factor by which a cell or molecule can be recognized or identified.
3. A locus containing two or more alleles that, being harmless, are common and therefore yield high frequencies of heterozygotes, that facilitate linkage analysis.

marker

(mär′kər)
n.
1. A biomarker.
2. A genetic marker.

marker

Medspeak
A value or indicator of the presence of a disease.

Molecular biology
An identifiable physical location on a chromosome (e.g., restriction enzyme cutting site, gene, minisatellite, microsatellite), the inheritance of which can be monitored. Markers can be an expressed region of DNA (gene encoding a protein) or a segment of DNA with no known coding function but whose pattern of inheritance can be determined. A marker can be localised to a specific region of the genome (e.g., all markers on the human transcript map are STSs).

Markers have also been defined as a genetic trait, of which one allelic form is selected or screened for after recombination. 

Suicidology
A potential physiologic indicator or predictor of an increased risk of suicide, the most promising of which is a decrease in serotonin in the brain.

marker

Internal medicine A diagnostic indicator for presence of a disease. See Biomarker, Bone marker, Breast marker, Cardiac marker, Cell marker, Cell surface marker, Gene marker, Genetic marker, Kinesic marker, Microsatellite marker, Pan B-cell marker, Pan T-cell marker, Selectable marker, Selected marker, Surface marker, Surrogate marker, Tumor marker.

mark·er

(mahrk'ĕr)
1. A device used to make a mark or to indicate measurement.
2. A characteristic or factor by which a cell or molecule can be recognized or identified.
3. A locus containing two or more alleles that, being harmless, are common and therefore yield high frequencies of heterozygotes that facilitate linkage analysis.

marker

1. A trait, condition, gene, or substance that indicates the presence of, or a probable increased predisposition to, a medical or psychological disorder.
2. A gene whose location on a chromosome is known so that it can be used as a point of reference for MAPPING new mutations.

marker

see GENETIC MARKER.

mark·er

(mahrk'ĕr)
1. A device used to make a mark or to indicate measurement.
2. A locus containing two or more alleles that, being harmless, are common and therefore yield high frequencies of heterozygotes, which facilitate linkage analysis

Patient discussion about marker

Q. what is a safe tumor marker number range?

A. depends on the marker...most of the markers are materials that found normally in our body. and there are a number of markers and their levels differentiate. what marker do you mean?

Q. My wife(53) has elevated CEA and CA19.9 levels - near 150, without any concomitant reason/observation? Comment

A. Hi Bobby3,

The most important question is why were these tests done?
An elevated level may result from many causes, some of them are simple and some are more problematic. IMHO the best thing would be consulting her doctor to consider the need to check-up her alimentary system.
You can read more here (http://www.ascocancerfoundation.org/patient/ASCO+Resources/Patient+Guides/ASCO+Patient+Guide:+Tumor+Markers+for+Gastrointestinal+Cancers) and here (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Detection/tumor-markers)

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According to the report, North America continues to portray significant opportunities for the manufacturers of fiducial markers, with the U.S.
'The earliest predecessor of the NHCP was the Philippine Historical Research and Markers Committee [PHRMC].
Justice (retd) Mulk said that Marker was one of the country's most distinguished diplomats who left deep marks in all areas of diplomatic front he worked at.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Abdullah Haroon said that Jamsheed Marker was a great diplomat who lived for Pakistan and died for Pakistan.
The Prime Minister termed Jamsheed Marker a legend and an 'outstanding diplomat' who always stood as a true Pakistani while presenting the country's case at international fora.
Total 32 cases (18 children and 12 adults) expressed cross lineage aberrant markers, CD13, CD33 and CD7.
Amb Marker's career spanned three decades, during which he represented Pakistan in 10 foreign posts, with nine concurrent accreditations.
Marker also served as under-secretary general at the United Nations, and as a special adviser to Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general.
For each generic marker, 6 repeated measurements were performed for both EV samples and 2 measurements for the non-EV samples.
The informativeness of multilocus ISSR (Inter-simple sequence repeats) markers was compared to analyze the Arabian horse breeds (Equus caballus) including Middle Eastern Arabian (28) and mixed (hybrid) Arabians (10).
The Michigan History Center and Michigan Historical Commission have launched a new online database of historical markers throughout the state.