antibody

noun an·ti·body \ ˈan-ti-ˌbä-dē \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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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ANTIBODY Defined for English Language Learners

antibody

noun

Definition of antibody for English Language Learners

  • medical : a substance produced by the body to fight disease


ANTIBODY Defined for Kids

antibody

noun an·ti·body \ ˈan-ti-ˌbä-dē \

Definition of antibody for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

antibody

noun an·ti·body \ ˈant-i-ˌbäd-ē \

medical Definition of antibody

plural antibodies
: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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