gamma globulin


noun Immunology.

a protein fraction of blood plasma that responds to stimulation of antigens, as bacteria or viruses, by forming antibodies: administered therapeutically in the treatment of some viral diseases.

Nearby words

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  8. gamma knife,
  9. gamma radiation,
  10. gamma ray

Origin of gamma globulin

First recorded in 1955–60

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British Dictionary definitions for gamma globulin

gamma globulin

noun

any of a group of proteins in blood plasma that includes most known antibodies
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Medicine definitions for gamma globulin

gamma globulin

n.

A protein fraction of blood serum containing many antibodies that protect against bacterial and viral infectious diseases.
A solution of gamma globulin prepared from human blood and administered for passive immunization against measles, German measles, hepatitis A, poliomyelitis, and other infections.

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Science definitions for gamma globulin

gamma globulin

A class of globulins in the blood plasma of humans and other mammals that function as part of the body's immune system and include most antibodies.
A solution of this substance prepared from human blood and administered for immunization against measles, German measles, hepatitis A, and other infections.
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