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antigen

[an-ti-juh n, -jen] /ˈæn tɪ dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn/
noun
1.
Immunology. any substance that can stimulate the production of antibodies and combine specifically with them.
2.
Pharmacology. any commercial substance that, when injected or absorbed into animal tissues, stimulates the production of antibodies.
3.
antigens of a particular type collectively.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; anti(body) + -gen
Related forms
antigenic
[an-ti-jen-ik] /ˌæn tɪˈdʒɛn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
antigenically, adverb
antigenicity
[an-ti-juh-nis-i-tee] /ˌæn tɪ dʒəˈnɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for antigenic

antigen

/ˈæntɪdʒən; -ˌdʒɛn/
noun
1.
a substance that stimulates the production of antibodies
Derived Forms
antigenic, adjective
antigenically, adverb
Word Origin
C20: from anti(body) + -gen
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Word Origin and History for antigenic

antigen

n.

"substance that causes production of an antibody," 1908, from German Antigen, from French antigène (1899), from anti- (see anti-) + Greek -gen (see -gen).

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antigenic in Medicine

antigen an·ti·gen (ān'tĭ-jən)
n.
Any of various substances, including toxins, bacteria, and the cells of transplanted organs, that when introduced into the body stimulate the production of antibodies. Also called allergen, immunogen.


an'ti·gen'ic (-jěn'ĭk) adj.
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antigenic in Science
antigen
  (ān'tĭ-jən)   
A substance that stimulates the production of an antibody when introduced into the body. Antigens include toxins, bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances. Compare antibody. See Note at blood type.
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