HLA

noun
\ ˌāch-(ˌ)el-ˈā How to pronounce HLA (audio) \

Definition of HLA

1 : the major histocompatibility complex in humans
2 : a genetic locus, gene, or antigen of HLA often used with one or more letters to designate a locus or with letters and a number to designate an allele at the locus or the antigen corresponding to the locus and allele

First Known Use of HLA

1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for HLA

human leukocyte antigen

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“HLA.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/HLA. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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HLA

noun
variants: also HL-A \ ˌā-​(ˌ)chel-​ˈā How to pronounce HLA (audio) \

Medical Definition of HLA

1 : the major histocompatibility complex in humans
2 : a genetic locus, gene, or antigen of the major histocompatibility complex in humans often used attributively HLA antigensHLA typing often used with one or more letters to designate a locus or with letters and a number to designate an allele at the locus or the antigen corresponding to the locus and allele relationship … between HLA-B27 antigen and ankylosing spondylitis— G. E. Ehrlich

History and Etymology for HLA

human leukocyte antigen

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