Prostate acid phosphatase

: An enzyme produced by the prostate that is elevated in some patients with prostate cancer.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Acid phosphatase — is an enzyme that works under acid conditions and is made in the liver, spleen, bone marrow and the prostate gland. Abnormally high serum levels of the enzyme may, for example, indicate prostate disease (infection, injury, or cancer). * * * acid… …   Medical dictionary

  • Acid phosphatase — is a phosphatase, a type of enzyme, used to free attached phosphate groups from other molecules during digestion. It is basically a phosphomonoesterase. It is stored in lysosomes and functions when these fuse with endosomes, which are acidified… …   Wikipedia

  • acid phosphatase — noun Date: 1949 a phosphatase (as the phosphomonoesterase from the prostate gland) optimally active in acid medium …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • acid phosphatase test —    One of the best known and most widely employed techniques for semen identification. This enzyme can be found in the male prostate gland and is sometimes abbreviated as “AP.” …   Forensic science glossary

  • Prostatic acid phosphatase — (PAP), also prostatic specific acid phosphatase (PSAP), is an enzyme produced by the prostate. It may be found in increased amounts in men who have prostate cancer or other diseases.The highest levels of acid phosphatase are found in metastasized …   Wikipedia

  • prostatic acid phosphatase — PAP. An enzyme produced by the prostate. It may be found in increased amounts in men who have prostate cancer. Also called PAP …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • Phosphatase, acid — Acid phosphatase is an enzyme that works under acid conditions and is made in the liver, spleen, bone marrow and the prostate gland. Abnormally high serum levels of the enzyme may, for example, indicate prostate disease (infection, injury, or… …   Medical dictionary

  • phosphatase — Any of a group of enzymes (EC 3.1.3.x) that liberate orthophosphate from phosphoric esters. SEE ALSO: phosphohydrolases. acid p. a p. with an optimum pH of less than 7.0 (for several isozymes, it is 5.4), notably present in the prostate gland;… …   Medical dictionary

  • prostate gland — Anat. an organ that surrounds the urethra of males at the base of the bladder, comprising a muscular portion, which controls the release of urine, and a glandular portion, which secretes an alkaline fluid that makes up part of the semen and… …   Universalium

  • Prostate — A gland within the male reproductive system that is located just below the bladder. Chestnut shaped, the prostate surrounds the beginning of the urethra, the canal that empties the bladder. The prostate is actually not one but many glands, 30 50… …   Medical dictionary

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