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prealbumin

Pronunciation: pre'al-byu'min

Definition:

  1. A protein component of plasma having a molecular weight of about 55,000 and containing 1.3% carbohydrate; estimated plasma concentration is 0.3 g per 100 mL; abnormal levels of prealbumin are found in cases of familial amyloidosis.
  2. The protein-containing zone observed in zone electrophoresis of serum that migrates more rapidly than serum albumin.

Synonym(s): transthyretin

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