hypervariable

adjective
hy·​per·​var·​i·​able | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈver-ē-ə-bəl How to pronounce hypervariable (audio) \

Definition of hypervariable

: relating to or being any of the relatively short extremely variable polypeptide chain segments in the light chain or heavy chain of an antibody also : relating to, containing, or being a highly variable nucleotide sequence

First Known Use of hypervariable

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Hypervariable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypervariable. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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hypervariable

adjective
hy·​per·​vari·​able | \ -ˈver-ē-ə-bəl, -ˈvar- How to pronounce hypervariable (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypervariable

: relating to or being any of the relatively short polypeptide chain segments in the variable region of an antibody light chain or heavy chain that are extremely variable in the sequence of their amino acid residues and that determine the conformation and specificity of the site which recognizes and combines with an antigen also : relating to, containing, or being a highly variable nucleotide sequence

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