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cap

n. slang for maximum, as the most interest that can be charged on an "adjustable rate" promissory note.

cap

noun ceiling, greatest amount, lid, limit, maxiium amount

cap

verb complete, conclude, end, finish, finish off, get done, get through with, perfect, terminate
See also: culminate, culmination, finish, pinnacle, surpass

CAP

abbreviation for COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY.
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In addition, it has been suggested that as a metalloproteinase, the PAPP-A produced by activated macrophages may be involved in degradation of the plaque extracellular matrix with consequent weakening of the fibrous cap.
23), (24) Although axial resolution remains too low for measuring cap thickness of the fibrous cap with its rupture, a recent study reports that the thickness of the fibrous cap with its rupture were visualized.
A fibrous cap forms over the lesion, enlarging and restructuring it.
Plaques with large lipid cores and thin fibrous caps are vulnerable to rupture, resulting in thrombus formation and possible arterial occlusion.
In the most rupture prone plaque, Lp-PLA2 was also highly prominent within the thin fibrous cap, suggesting that Lp-PLA2 and its enzymatic byproducts may play a role in promoting plaque instability.
If the atheroma does not fissure, the smooth muscle cells within the intima will lay down collagen, forming a dense fibrous cap characteristic of a Type V lesion or fibroatheroma.
Inflammation, which is implicated in the formation of early fatty streaks as well as at the onset of adverse cardiovascular events, causes cells within the plaque to secrete enzymes that degrade and weaken the fibrous cap, leading to rupture of unstable plaques and thrombus (clot) formation.