Medical Dictionary


adj het·ero·phile \ˈhet-ə-rə-ˌfīl\

Medical Definition of HETEROPHILE

:  relating to or being any of a group of antigens in organisms of different species that induce the formation of antibodies which will cross-react with the other antigens of the group; also :  being or relating to any of the antibodies produced and capable of cross-reacting in this way <the detection of heterophile antibodies is the diagnostic method of choice for infectious mononucleosis>


het·ero·phile or het·er·o·phil \-ˌfil\ also het·er·o·phil·ic \ˌhet-ə-rə-ˈfil-ik\
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