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idiotype

[id-ee-uh-tahyp] /ˈɪd i əˌtaɪp/
noun, Immunology
1.
the molecular arrangement of amino acids unique to the antigen-binding site of a particular antibody.
Origin
1969
1969; back formation from idiotypic or idiotypy, on the model of allotypy; see idio-, allotype
Related forms
idiotypic
[id-ee-uh-tip-ik] /ˌɪd i əˈtɪp ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
idiotypy
[id-ee-uh-tahy-pee] /ˈɪd i əˌtaɪ pi/ (Show IPA),
noun
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idiotypy in Medicine

idiotype id·i·o·type (ĭd'ē-ə-tīp')
n.
A determinant that confers on an immunoglobulin molecule an antigenic individuality that is analogous to the individuality of the molecule's antibody activity.

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