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chimeric

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adjective chi·me·ric \ kī-ˈmir-ik , kə- , -ˈmer- \

medical Definition of chimeric

1 :relating to, derived from, or being a genetic chimera :containing tissue with two or more genetically distinct populations of cells
  • chimeric mice
2 :composed of material (such as DNA or polypeptide) from more than one organism
  • a chimeric gene
  • … scientists have created so-called chimeric antibodies, using genetic engineering to fuse variable regions derived from mouse antibodies with a constant region derived from human antibodies.
  • —Lawrence M. FisherThe New York Times5 Mar. 1991

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