[an-ti-juh n, -jen]
Origin of antigen
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- a substance that stimulates the production of antibodies
Word Origin for antigen
C20: from anti (body) + -gen
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- 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
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- 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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