antigen

[ an-ti-juh n, -jen ]
/ ˈæn tɪ dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn /

noun

Immunology. any substance that can stimulate the production of antibodies and combine specifically with them.
Pharmacology. any commercial substance that, when injected or absorbed into animal tissues, stimulates the production of antibodies.
antigens of a particular type collectively.

Origin of antigen

First recorded in 1905–10; anti(body) + -gen

Related forms

an·ti·gen·ic [an-ti-jen-ik] /ˌæn tɪˈdʒɛn ɪk/, adjectivean·ti·gen·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·ge·nic·i·ty [an-ti-juh-nis-i-tee] /ˌæn tɪ dʒəˈnɪs ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for antigenically

antigen

/ (ˈæntɪdʒən, -ˌdʒɛn) /

noun

a substance that stimulates the production of antibodies

Derived Forms

antigenic, adjectiveantigenically, adverb

Word Origin for antigen

C20: from anti (body) + -gen
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Medicine definitions for antigenically

antigen

[ ăntĭ-jən ]

n.

Any of various substances, including toxins, bacteria, and the cells of transplanted organs, that when introduced into the body stimulate the production of antibodies.allergen immunogen

Related forms

an′ti•genic (-jĕnĭk) adj.
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Science definitions for antigenically

antigen

[ ăntĭ-jən ]

A substance that stimulates the production of an antibody when introduced into the body. Antigens include toxins, bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances. Compare antibody. See Note at blood type.

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