What does AST on a blood test mean?

already exists.

Would you like to merge this question into it?

already exists as an alternate of this question.

Would you like to make it the primary and merge this question into it?

exists and is an alternate of .

AST stands for aspartate transaminase.

It is an enzyme found in various cells, including liver cells, and elevated levels may indicate liver damage, but must be interpreted in the context of other liver tests, as it is not only found in liver cells, but other cell types as well.

An initial step in detecting liver damage is a simple blood test to determine the presence of certain liver enzymes in the blood. Under normal circumstances, these enzymes reside within the cells of the liver. But when the liver is injured for any reason, these enzymes are spilled into the blood stream. Enzymes are proteins that are present throughout the body, each with a unique function. Enzymes help to speed up (catalyze) routine and necessary chemical reactions in the body. Among the most sensitive and widely used of these liver enzymes are the aminotransferases. They include aspartate aminotransferase (AST or SGOT) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT or SGPT). These enzymes are normally contained within liver cells. If the liver is injured, the liver cells spill the enzymes into blood, raising the enzyme levels in the blood and signaling the liver damage.
15 people found this useful

What is AST and ALT in blood tests?

AST is aspartate transaminase. ALT is alanine transaminase. These are both liver enzymes - which can help to monitor liver function.

What does ast mean in basketball?

The abbreviation ast in basketball means assists. It is normallylisted in the stats of a player during, and after games, along withtheir points and rebounds.

Root meaning of ast?

The word ast comes from Persian (also known as Farsi or Parsi), and it means is in English. Persian and Sanskrit are the basis of Indo European languages. The relatioships
In Time Zones

What does ast mean in time zone?

AST is one of many ambiguous time zone designations. It stands for both Atlantic Standard Time (UTC-4) and Arabia Standard Time (UTC+3). The people who control the time zone
In Definitions

What does part ast- mean?

If you are thinking of words like astrology, the word part is actually astro, which means "star". It appears in words like astronaut, disaster, the flower aster, Astro-boy, et
In Prefixes Suffixes and Root Words

What does the suffix ast mean?

The suffix -ast means one connected with. A common word with this is enthusiast.