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antibody

noun an·ti·body \ˈan-ti-ˌbä-dē\

medical : a substance produced by the body to fight disease

Full Definition of ANTIBODY

:  any of a large number of proteins of high molecular weight that are produced normally by specialized B cells after stimulation by an antigen and act specifically against the antigen in an immune response, that are produced abnormally by some cancer cells, and that typically consist of four subunits including two heavy chains and two light chains —called also immunoglobulin
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First Known Use of ANTIBODY

1894

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ANTIBODIES Defined for Kids

antibody

noun an·ti·body \ˈan-ti-ˌbä-dē\
plural an·ti·bod·ies

Definition of ANTIBODY for Kids

:  a substance produced by special cells of the body that counteracts the effects of a disease germ or its poisons
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antibody

noun an·ti·body \ˈant-i-ˌbäd-ē\
plural an·ti·bod·ies

Medical Definition of ANTIBODY

:  any of a large number of proteins of high molecular weight that are produced normally by specialized B cells after stimulation by an antigen and act specifically against the antigen in an immune response, that are produced abnormally by some cancer cells, and that typically consist of four subunits including two heavy chains and two light chains—called also immunoglobulin

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