hemagglutinin

noun
hem·ag·glu·ti·nin | \ ˌhē-mə-ˈglü-tə-nən \

Definition of hemagglutinin 

: an agglutinin (such as an antibody or viral capsid protein) that causes hemagglutination

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Antibodies to the hemagglutinin prevent the virus from binding to cells and, therefore, prevent infection. Paul A. Offit, Philly.com, "The Philly vaccine pioneer who saved thousands from flu, and predicted the next pandemic," 23 Jan. 2018 But there are at least 18 hemagglutinins — the surface protein that gives influenza A viruses their H number — and 11 neuraminidases, the N component. Helen Branswell, STAT, "With cash and a call for new ideas, Bill Gates tries to boost the campaign for a universal flu vaccine," 27 Apr. 2018 One strategy is to target a protein on the virus’s outer surface called hemagglutinin, which the bug uses to invade cells. Chelsea Leu, WIRED, "How Science Is Solving Health Issues at All Stages of Life," 27 Mar. 2018 Palese’s lab is focusing on ways to stimulate the immune system to recognize the stem or stalk of the hemagglutinin protein. NBC News, "Here's why it's so hard to make a better flu vaccine," 14 Feb. 2018 Think of hemagglutinin as a miniature broccoli stalk. Time, "Scientists Seek Universal Flu Shot 100 Years After Deadly Pandemic," 19 Jan. 2018 But key to its lethality was bird-like hemagglutinin. Time, "Scientists Seek Universal Flu Shot 100 Years After Deadly Pandemic," 19 Jan. 2018 Plus, his team’s vaccine generates antibodies against the hemagglutinin stalk. NBC News, "Here's why it's so hard to make a better flu vaccine," 14 Feb. 2018 Called the hemagglutinin, this protein is responsible for attaching to cells that line the windpipe and lungs. Paul A. Offit, Philly.com, "The Philly vaccine pioneer who saved thousands from flu, and predicted the next pandemic," 23 Jan. 2018

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circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

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hemagglutinin

noun
hem·ag·glu·ti·nin | \ ˌhē-mə-ˈglüt-ᵊn-ən \
variants: also hemoagglutinin \ˌhē-mō-ə- \ or chiefly British haemagglutinin also haemoagglutinin

Medical Definition of hemagglutinin 

: an agglutinin (as an antibody or viral capsid protein) that causes hemagglutination abbreviation HA — compare leukoagglutinin

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