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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


aspartate transaminase  listen  (as-PAR-tayt tranz-A-mih-nays)

  An enzyme found in the liver, heart, and other tissues. A high level of aspartate transaminase released into the blood may be a sign of liver or heart damage, cancer, or other diseases. Also called serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase and SGOT.