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clonal selection theory

clonal selection theory in Medicine

clonal selection theory n.
The theory that the mutation of stem cells produces all possible templates for antibody production and that exposure to a specific antigen selectively stimulates the proliferation of the cell with the appropriate template to form a clone or colony of specific antibody-forming cells.

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