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Noun1.foetoprotein - any of several antigens that occur naturally in the fetus and sometimes in adults with cancer
AFP, alpha fetoprotein, alpha foetoprotein - an abnormally large amount of this fetoprotein in the fetus can signal an abnormality of the neural tube (as spina bifida or anencephaly)
antigen - any substance (as a toxin or enzyme) that stimulates an immune response in the body (especially the production of antibodies)
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Elevated levels of alpha foetoprotein along with the lymph node masses indicated possibility of lymphoma.
On maternal serum alpha foetoprotein assay, 221 (8.7%) women were found to have MSAFP value < 0.8 MOM; and 170 (6.7%) had MSAFP >2 MOM indicating risk for neural tube defect.