complement reaction

n.

A physiological reaction to the presence of a foreign microorganism in which a cascade of enzymatic reactions, triggered by molecular features of the microorganism, result in lysis or phagocytosis of the foreign material.

Nearby words

  1. complement binding assay,
  2. complement clause,
  3. complement fixation,
  4. complement fixation test,
  5. complement protein,
  6. complement unit,
  7. complement-fixation test,
  8. complement-fixing antibody,
  9. complemental,
  10. complemental air


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