phytohemagglutinin

noun

phy·​to·​he·​mag·​glu·​ti·​nin ˌfī-tō-ˌhē-mə-ˈglü-tə-nən How to pronounce phytohemagglutinin (audio)
: a proteinaceous hemagglutinin of plant origin used especially to induce mitosis (as in lymphocytes)

Examples of phytohemagglutinin in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

phyto- + hemagglutinin

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phytohemagglutinin was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Phytohemagglutinin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phytohemagglutinin. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

phytohemagglutinin

noun
phy·​to·​hem·​ag·​glu·​ti·​nin
variants or chiefly British phytohaemagglutinin
: a proteinaceous hemagglutinin of plant origin used especially to induce mitosis (as in lymphocytes)
abbreviation PHA

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