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complement system

Michael Kent

in The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine

Third edition

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780198568506
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191727788
complement system

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A part of the immune system which includes a group of blood proteins belonging to the globulins involved in removing foreign particles and damaged cells. Complement activation is part of the immune system's response to muscle cell damage after heavy exercise, and it culminates in the release of complement components which cause local inflammatory reactions....

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Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine

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