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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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A usually protein or carbohydrate substance (as a toxin, enzyme, or any of certain constituents of blood corpuscles or of other cells), that when introduced into the body stimulates the production of an immune response.

Usage examples (24)
  • Research has demonstrated that N-neuraminidase causes red blood cells to lose their antigenicity.
  • However, the researchers stressed that only the antigenicity of beta-lg was tested while the actual allergenicity was not.
  • Richard Novick, a New York University microbiology professor has stated, "I cannot envision any imaginable justification for changing the antigenicity of anthrax as a...
  • It follows then that the virus hemagglutinins in the vaccine also lose their antigenicity because of N-neuraminidase, and consequently those who are vaccinated cannot... for more
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