monoclonal

adjective
mono·​clo·​nal | \ ˌmä-nə-ˈklō-nᵊl How to pronounce monoclonal (audio) \

Definition of monoclonal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: produced by, being, composed of, or caused by cells derived from a single cell … Dr. [Lawrence] Kaplan said tumors that were monoclonal, arising from a single malignant cell, indicated poor survival.— Marilyn Chase especially : relating to, being, or caused by a monoclonal antibody or monoclonal antibodies monoclonal assays — see also monoclonal gammopathy

monoclonal

noun
plural monoclonals

Definition of monoclonal (Entry 2 of 2)

: monoclonal antibody But now researchers say that new ways of modifying antibodies promise to deliver monoclonals in more effective forms, with fewer side effects and at lower cost.— Lawrence M. Fisher

Examples of monoclonal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Our ongoing series outlines rapid progress in progress in anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies and nanobodies. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 4 June 2021 This finding opens up the possibility of using monoclonal antibodies in people who cannot get vaccinated or who get no protection from the vaccines, because of immunity issues. Steven Vargas, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 While individual monoclonal antibodies have been used to treat cancer, the creation of cocktails involving two or more would be new to the field. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 June 2021 And a few are jumping through bureaucratic hoops to get access to monoclonal antibodies, which could provide protection until more people in the general population are vaccinated. Joe Barrett, WSJ, 2 June 2021 Tucker has to wait 90 days to get her vaccination because she was treated with monoclonal antibodies before she was hospitalized. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, 26 May 2021 Lifesaving therapies such as monoclonal antibodies are unavailable in large parts of the world. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, 26 May 2021 This search has already begun and one approach of note is monoclonal antibodies. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Today there are several monoclonal antibodies that have been studied and for which the FDA has given EUA. Carlos Del Rio, Scientific American, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of monoclonal

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1914, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Monoclonal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monoclonal. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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monoclonal

adjective
mono·​clo·​nal | \ ˌmän-ə-ˈklōn-ᵊl How to pronounce monoclonal (audio) \

Medical Definition of monoclonal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: produced by, being, or composed of cells derived from a single cell a monoclonal tumor especially : relating to or being an antibody derived from a single cell in large quantities for use against a specific antigen (as a cancer cell)

monoclonal

noun

Medical Definition of monoclonal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a monoclonal antibody

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