heterophile

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

Definition of heterophile

: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

adjective het·ero·phile \ ˈhet-ə-rə-ˌfīl \
variants: also heterophil play \-ˌfil\ or heterophilic play \ˌhet-ə-rə-ˈfil-ik\

medical Definition of heterophile

: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 techniques2013

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heterophile

noun
variants: or heterophil

medical Definition of heterophile

:neutrophil used especially in veterinary medicine

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