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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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Mesenquimal hamartomas of the liver may be associate with increased serum alpha foetoprotein concetration and mimic hepatoblastomas.
Elevated levels of alpha foetoprotein along with the lymph node masses indicated possibility of lymphoma.