heterophile

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adjective het·ero·phile \ˈhe-tə-rə-ˌfī(-ə)l\
variants: or

heterophil

play \ˈhe-tə-rə-ˌfil\

Definition of heterophile

  1. :  of, relating to, or being an antibody circulating in blood serum that is reactive with antigen originating in a different species

First Known Use of heterophile

1920


Medical Dictionary

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heterophile

play
adjective het·ero·phile \ˈhet-ə-rə-ˌfīl\
variants: also

heterophil

\-ˌfil\play or

heterophilic

\ˌhet-ə-rə-ˈfil-ik\play

Medical Definition of heterophile

  1. :  of, relating to, or being an antibody circulating in blood serum that is reactive with usually weak antigen originating in a different species Even though heterophile antibodies have nothing to do with EBV [Epstein-Barr virus] … heterophile antibody tests remain the principal method to diagnose IM [infectious mononucleosis] …—Carey-Ann D. Burnham et al., in The Immunoassay Handbook: Theory and applications of ligand binding, ELISA and related techniques, 2013


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heterophile

noun het·ero·phile
variants: or

heterophil

Medical Definition of heterophile

  1. :  neutrophil—used especially in veterinary medicine

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