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antithymocyte globulin

noun an·ti·thy·mo·cyte globulin \ -ˈthī-mə-ˌsīt- \
variants: also anti-thymocyte globulin

medical Definition of antithymocyte globulin

:a mixture of usually IgG antibodies against human T cells that is derived from purified animal blood serum (as from a horse or rabbit) and is administered by intravenous injection especially to suppress immune system function (as to prevent rejection in kidney transplant)
  • The immunosuppressive induction protocol included intravenous antithymocyte globulin
  • —Jean-Michel DubernardThe New England Journal of Medicine13 Dec. 2007

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