Amyloid plaques

Domain : Diagnosis

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Simplified definition

A clump of Amyloid-beta proteins, that are not eliminated by the body as they should, that forms between neurons and compress them.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“Pathological deposit[s] of extracellular [amyloid] proteinaceous material.”

Source: Termium Plus. Amyloid plaque. [Internet]. Sept 1999 [cited on Sept 7, 2022].  

Context

“Testing for the presence of these amyloid plaques on the brain is an important part of Alzheimer’s diagnosis and research.”

Source: National Institute on Aging. Blood test can predict presence of beta-amyloid in the brain, new study finds. [Internet]. Feb 17, 2022 [cited on Sept 7, 2022]. 

Note

  • This term is mainly used in the plural form.

Synonym(s)

Senile plaques / Neuritic plaques

Abbreviation(s)

APs / NPs

Spelling variation(s)

Aβ plaques

Amyloid plaques : RELATED DEFINITIONS

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