noun, plural an·ti·bod·ies.
Origin of antibody
Related Words for antibodyantibody, microorganism, disease, parasite, virus, plague, microbe, bug, bacterium, pathogen, antiserum, agglutinin, agglutinogen, vaccine, antigen, antibiotic, medicine, antiseptic, serum, preventive
Examples from the Web for antibody
Contemporary Examples of antibody
For example, though I had chicken pox decades ago, I still have antibody to chicken pox.The ‘HIV-Cured Baby’ Distorts Hope
March 7, 2014
She was not known previously to be HIV infected but on testing was found to have antibody to the virus.Let’s Not Rush to Call the HIV Baby Findings a ‘Cure’
March 5, 2013
Historical Examples of antibody
The antibody could be synthesized and one could attack any epidemic with confidence.Pariah Planet
I should say the antibody titer has reached the danger point.Category Phoenix
All we've done was inject an antibody against a specific virus.
A quick test-run showed that the antibody was also being regenerated.
One function of the free receptor, the antibody, is always to unite with the chemical substance which caused it to be formed.The Fundamentals of Bacteriology
Charles Bradfield Morrey
noun plural -bodies
A Closer Look: Like other vertebrates, humans possess an effective immune system that uses antibodies to fight bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. Antibodies are complex, Y-shaped protein molecules. The immune system's B lymphocytes, which are produced by the bone marrow, develop into plasma cells that can generate a huge variety of antibodies, each one capable of combining with and destroying an antigen, a foreign molecule. Antibodies react to very specific characteristics of different antigens, binding them to the top ends of their Y formation. Once the antibody and antigen combine, the antibodies deactivate the antigen or lead it to macrophages(a kind of white blood cell) that ingest and destroy it. High numbers of a particular antibody may persist for months after an invasion, eventually diminishing. However, the B cells can quickly manufacture more of the same antibody if exposure to the antigen recurs. Vaccines work by training B cells to recognize and react quickly to potential disease molecules.