antigenicity

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antigenicity an·ti·ge·nic·i·ty (ān'tĭ-jə-nĭs'ĭ-tē)
n.

  1. The capacity to induce an immune response.

  2. The degree to which a substance induces an immune response. Also called immunogenicity.

American Heritage
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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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