cytotoxic reaction


An immunological reaction in which a noncytotropic antibody combines with a specific antigen on the surface of a cell and forms a complex that initiates the activation of complement, leading to cell lysis or other damage.

Nearby words

  1. cytotaxonomy,
  2. cytotechnologist,
  3. cytotechnology,
  4. cytothesis,
  5. cytotoxic,
  6. cytotoxic t cell,
  7. cytotoxicity,
  8. cytotoxin,
  9. cytotrophoblast,
  10. cytotropic

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