fluorescent antibody technique

n.

Either of two techniques used to test for antigen with a fluorescent antibody: direct, in which immunoglobulin conjugated with a fluorescent dye is added to tissue and combines with a specific antigen; or indirect, in which unlabeled immunoglobulin is added to tissue and combines with a specific antigen, after which the antigen-antibody complex may be labeled with a fluorescent antibody.

Nearby words

  1. fluoresce,
  2. fluorescein,
  3. fluorescence,
  4. fluorescence-activated cell sorter,
  5. fluorescent,
  6. fluorescent antinuclear antibody test,
  7. fluorescent lamp,
  8. fluorescent microscope,
  9. fluorescent screen,
  10. fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption test


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