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Meaning of ANTIGEN

Pronunciation:  'antijun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  any substance (as a toxin or enzyme) that stimulates the production of antibodies

ANTIGEN is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 See Also: agglutinogen, anatoxin, fetoprotein, foetoprotein, immunizing agent, immunogen, matter, Rh, Rh factor, rhesus factor, substance, toxoid



Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Any substance able to provoke an immune response in the human body.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A substance (e.g. a virus or bacterium) that causes an immune system response.
  1. Any foreign substance, such as a virus, bacterium, or protein, that elicits an immune response by stimulating the production of antibodies. (See Antigenic determinant, antigenic switching)
  2. a substance that stimulates the production or mobilization of antibodies. An antigen can be a foreign protein, toxin, bacteria, or other substance.
Thesaurus Terms
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