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 (ăl′fə-fē′tō-prō′tēn, -tē-ĭn)
n. Abbr. AFP
A glycoprotein that is abundant in the blood plasma of human and other mammalian fetuses and is also present in the serum of people with certain diseases, such as liver cancer. Abnormal levels in maternal serum are associated with certain fetal abnormalities, including Down syndrome and spina bifida.


(Biochemistry) a protein that forms in the liver of the human fetus. Excessive quantities in the amniotic fluid and maternal blood may indicate spina bifida in the fetus; low levels may point to Down's syndrome. Abbreviation: afp


(ˌfi toʊˈproʊ tin, -ti ɪn)

a serum protein produced during pregnancy, useful in the prenatal diagnosis of multiple births or birth defects. Abbr.: AFP
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6- The existence of most risk for Down syndrome on basis of results of Alfa fetoprotein serum check (MSAFP) in alone or with serum free strioul (UE3) and pair gonadotropin hormone (HCG) in low conceptions (below 35 years old).
Meningomiyeloseller deri ile ortulu olduklarinda Alfa fetoprotein duzeyleri normal saptanir bu nedenle gebelik oncesi ultrasonografi onem kazanmistir (4,5).