monoclonal

adjective
mono·​clo·​nal | \ˌmä-nə-ˈklō-nᵊl \

Definition of monoclonal 

: produced by, being, or composed of cells derived from a single cell

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Four experimental treatments for Ebola were sent to the region: ZMapp, which was tried in West Africa; GS-5734, an antiviral drug; and two monoclonal antibodies, REGN-EB3 and Ma b114. New York Times, "Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa Is ‘Largely Contained’," 28 June 2018 But monoclonal antibodies like the new drugs are grown in living cells and expensive to produce. New York Times, "F.D.A. Approves First Drug Designed to Prevent Migraines," 17 May 2018 He and Birndorf thought that the then-exotic field of monoclonal antibodies would provide a better way. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "HybriToast for Hybritech, biotech funding, and neuronal cookbook," 10 May 2018 Some decided to target CGRP or its receptor with a monoclonal antibody. R. Allan Purdy, Scientific American, "Can Anything Stop My Migraine?," 1 May 2017 Brought to the market in partnership with Genentech, Rituxan was the first monoclonal drug approved for cancer. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego's Hybritech still influences local biotech, 40 years later," 9 May 2018 Several groups are trying to develop a monoclonal antibody drug that would remove suPAR from the blood. Stephen S. Hall, Science | AAAS, "What's your risk of kidney disease, heart attack, or diabetes? A single molecule can tell," 19 Apr. 2018 Vincenti said his group also has developed monoclonal antibodies to suPAR for clinical testing. Stephen S. Hall, Science | AAAS, "What's your risk of kidney disease, heart attack, or diabetes? A single molecule can tell," 19 Apr. 2018 The two other drugs are also monoclonal antibody products, and Scripps Research continues to work with Mapp. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego's Mapp gets $46 million Ebola drug contract," 3 Oct. 2017

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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monoclonal

adjective
mono·​clo·​nal | \ˌmän-ə-ˈklōn-ᵊl \

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)

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Medical Definition of monoclonal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a monoclonal antibody

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