light chain

noun
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

Definition of light chain

: either of the two smaller of the four polypeptide chains comprising antibodies — compare heavy chain

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1964

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light chain

noun

medical Definition of light chain

: either of the two smaller of the four polypeptide chains that are subunits of antibodies called also L chain; compare heavy chain

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