his·​to·​com·​pat·​i·​bil·​i·​ty ˈhi-(ˌ)stō-kəm-ˌpa-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce histocompatibility (audio)
: 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 The analysis reveals an over-representation of the domestic cat's genes that are linked to immune function, such as the major histocompatibility complex, in the European wildcat's genome. Scott Travers, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Our personal smells are tied to the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) that governs our immune system, says Pamela Dalton, a cognitive psychologist at Monell Chemical Senses Center. Sophia Solano, Washington Post, 14 June 2023 The transplant system and all of its interdependent components — donor families, donor hospitals, organ procurement organizations, transplant programs, histocompatibility laboratories, and others — must work together to equitably care for all patients waiting for organs. Richard N. Formica, STAT, 24 Apr. 2022 Then, these peptides must be carried to the antigen presenting cell’s surface by major histocompatibility complexes (MHC). William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 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, 16 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of histocompatibility was in 1948

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“Histocompatibility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/histocompatibility. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


his·​to·​com·​pat·​i·​bil·​i·​ty ˈhis-(ˌ)tō-kəm-ˌpat-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce histocompatibility (audio)
plural histocompatibilities
often attributive
: a state of mutual tolerance between tissues that allows them to be grafted effectively see major histocompatibility complex
histocompatible adjective
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