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homocytotropic antibody

homocytotropic antibody in Medicine

homocytotropic antibody n.
An antibody that has an affinity for mast cells of the same or of a closely related species and that, upon combining with a specific antigen, triggers the release of pharmacological mediators of anaphylaxis from the cells to which it attaches. Also called reaginic antibody.

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