hapten

noun
hap·​ten | \ˈhap-ˌten \

Definition of hapten 

: 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

Other Words from hapten

haptenic \hap-​ˈte-​nik \ adjective

First Known Use of hapten

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hapten

German, from Greek haptein to fasten

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hapten

noun
hap·​ten | \ˈhap-ˌten \

Medical Definition of hapten 

: 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

Other Words from hapten

haptenic \hap-​ˈten-​ik \ adjective
haptenated \ˈhap-​tə-​ˌnāt-​əd \ adjective

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