human leukocyte antigen

noun

Definition of human leukocyte antigen 

: any of various proteins that are encoded by genes of the major histocompatibility complex in humans and are found on the surface of many cell types (such as white blood cells) broadly : hla sense 2

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Donors must be prepared to undergo extensive medical and psychological screenings, including a check for the human leukocyte antigen HLA, which plays a role in the body’s immune response to foreign substances. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, "People are using social media to improve their odds of finding organ donors: 'Doing it can save my life'," 6 July 2018

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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human leukocyte antigen

noun

Medical Definition of human leukocyte antigen 

: any of various proteins that are encoded by genes of the major histocompatibility complex in humans and are found on the surface of many cell types (as white blood cells) broadly : hla sense 2

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