|peritoneal exudate||medical dictionary|
A term most commonly used to describe the fluid drained from the peritoneal cavity some time after the injection of an irritant solution. For example: a standard method for obtaining neutrophil leucocytes is to inject intraperitoneally saline with glycogen (to activate complement) and drain off the leucocyte rich peritoneal exudate some hours later.
This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology
(11 Mar 2008)
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