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antigenic shift

n.

A sudden, major change in the antigenic structure of a virus, usually the result of genetic mutation.

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Nearby words

antigen-antibody reaction, antigen-presenting cell, antigenemia, antigenic, antigenic determinant, antigenic shift, antigenicity, antigens, antigestational drug, antiglobulin, antiglobulin test
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