[ kraws-ree-ak-shuh n-kros- ]
/ ˈkrɔs riˈæk ʃənˈkrɒs- /


an immunologic reaction between a given antigen and an antibody or lymphokine that is specific for a different antigen resembling the first one.

Origin of cross-reaction

First recorded in 1945–50

Related forms

cross-re·ac·tive, adjectivecross-re·ac·tiv·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for cross reaction

cross reaction


A specific reaction between an antiserum and an antigen complex other than the complex that caused the production of the specific antibodies of the antiserum.
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