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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


lactic acid dehydrogenase  listen  (LAK-tik A-sid 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 in the blood may be a sign of tissue damage and some types of cancer or other diseases. Also called lactate dehydrogenase and LDH.