his·​to·​com·​pat·​i·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˈhi-(ˌ)stō-kəm-ˌpa-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce histocompatibility (audio) \

Definition of histocompatibility

: a state of mutual tolerance that allows some tissues to be grafted effectively to others — compare major histocompatibility complex

Examples of histocompatibility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While that statistic might not enhance the mood, the special sharing is thought to be helpful in sampling the partner’s histocompatibility genes involved in immune response. Alexander C. Kafka, Washington Post, "After explaining the universe, Bill Bryson turns his attention to the body," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of histocompatibility

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Histocompatibility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/histocompatibility. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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noun, often attributive
his·​to·​com·​pat·​i·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˈhis-(ˌ)tō-kəm-ˌpat-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce histocompatibility (audio) \
plural histocompatibilities

Medical Definition of histocompatibility

: a state of mutual tolerance between tissues that allows them to be grafted effectively — see major histocompatibility complex

Other Words from histocompatibility

histocompatible \ -​kəm-​ˈpat-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce histocompatibility (audio) \ adjective

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