immunofluorescence

noun

im·​mu·​no·​flu·​o·​res·​cence ˌi-myə-nō-(ˌ)flȯ-ˈre-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce immunofluorescence (audio) -(ˌ)flu̇(-ə)- How to pronounce immunofluorescence (audio)
i-ˌmyü-nō-
: the labeling of antibodies or antigens with fluorescent dyes especially for the purpose of demonstrating the presence of a particular antigen or antibody in a tissue preparation or smear
immunofluorescent
ˌi-myə-nō-(ˌ)flȯ-ˈre-sᵊnt How to pronounce immunofluorescence (audio)
-(ˌ)flu̇(-ə)-
i-ˌmyü-nō-
adjective

Examples of immunofluorescence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Examples of tests include reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, viral culture and immunofluorescence assays. Angela Rodriguez, Sacramento Bee, 7 Apr. 2024 Or, a healthcare provider may use an immunofluorescence assay. Health Editorial Team, Health, 21 Apr. 2023 This multicolor immunofluorescence image shows human endothelial cells being infected by cytomegalovirus. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010 Those tests are known as: reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests, viral cultures, or immunofluorescence assays, the CDC says. Ashley Abramson, Health.com, 14 Oct. 2021 First, a sensitive enzyme immunoassay (EIA) or immunofluorescence assay (IFA), both of which look for the presence of antibodies, or proteins the immune system produces in response to an antigen (a foreign substance in the body, such as a virus). Kate Fridkis, SELF, 14 Apr. 2021 Another type of quick influenza test known as an immunofluorescence assay has similar reliability problems. Elizabeth Svoboda, Scientific American, 18 Sep. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

immuno- + fluorescence

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of immunofluorescence was in 1960

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“Immunofluorescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immunofluorescence. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

immunofluorescence

noun
im·​mu·​no·​flu·​o·​res·​cence -(ˌ)flu̇(-ə)r-ˈes-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce immunofluorescence (audio) -flōr- How to pronounce immunofluorescence (audio)
-flȯr-
: the labeling of antibodies or antigens with fluorescent dyes especially for the purpose of demonstrating the presence of a particular antigen or antibody in a tissue preparation or smear
immunofluorescent adjective
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