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hapten

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noun hap·ten \ˈhap-ˌten\

Definition of hapten

  1. :  a small separable part of an antigen that reacts specifically with an antibody but is incapable of stimulating antibody production except in combination with a carrier protein molecule

hap·ten·ic play \hap-ˈte-nik\ adjective


Origin of hapten

German, from Greek haptein to fasten


First Known Use: 1921


Medical Dictionary

hapten

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noun hap·ten \ˈhap-ˌten\

Medical Definition of hapten

  1. :  a small separable part of an antigen that reacts specifically with an antibody but is incapable of stimulating antibody production except in combination with an associated protein molecule

  2. hap·ten·ic \hap-ˈten-ik\play adjective
    hap·ten·at·ed \ˈhap-tə-ˌnāt-əd\play adjective




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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "hapten" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "hapten"


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