lactate dehydrogenase

Pronunciation: (LAK-tayt dee-hy-DRAH-jeh-nays)

One of a group of enzymes found in the blood and other body tissues and involved in energy production in cells. An increased amount of lactate dehydrogenase in the blood may be a sign of tissue damage and some types of cancer or other diseases. Also called lactic acid dehydrogenase and LDH.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2004-01-23 Date last modified: 2007-10-26