Medical Definition of Acute-phase reaction

1. Refers to the changes in synthesis of certain proteins within the serum during an inflammatory response, which provides rapid protection for the host against microorganisms via non-specific defense mechanisms. It consists of fever, an increase in inflammatory humoral factors, and an increased synthesis by hepatocytes of a number of proteins or glycoproteins usually found in the plasma; the reaction is mediated by endogenous pyrogens, the hypothalamus, adrenal hormones, and other factors. (12 Jul 2000)



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Acute-phase Reaction

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acusection
acusector
acushla
acushlas
acusis
acustumaunce
acutance
acutances
acutangular
acute
acute-angled
acute-angled triangle
acute-angled triangles
acute-phase protein
acute-phase reaction (current term)
acute African sleeping sickness
acute abdomen
acute abscess
acute accent
acute accents
acute adrenal crisis
acute adrenocortical insufficiency
acute alcoholism
acute angle
acute angle closure glaucoma
acute anterior poliomyelitis
acute ascending paralysis

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