Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

epitope

play
noun epi·tope \ˈe-pə-ˌtōp\

Definition of epitope

  1. :  a molecular region on the surface of an antigen capable of eliciting an immune response and of combining with the specific antibody produced by such a response —called also determinant, antigenic determinant



Origin and Etymology of epitope

International Scientific Vocabulary, from epi- + Greek topos place


First Known Use: 1960


Medical Dictionary

epitope

play
noun epi·tope \ˈep-ə-ˌtōp\

Medical Definition of epitope

  1. :  a molecular region on the surface of an antigen capable of eliciting an immune response and of combining with the specific antibody produced by such a response—called also determinant, antigenic determinant




Learn More about epitope


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up epitope? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of or relating to the heavens

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

dog-eating-apple

Which is a synonym of asperse?

divulge placate defame beat
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ