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hapten

[ hap-ten ]
/ ˈhæp tɛn /
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noun Immunology.
a substance having a single antigenic determinant that can react with a previously existing antibody but cannot stimulate more antibody production unless combined with other molecules; a partial antigen.
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Also hap·tene [hap-teen]. /ˈhæp tin/.

Origin of hapten

1920–25; <German <Greek hápt(ein) to grasp + German -en-ene
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British Dictionary definitions for hapten

hapten

haptene (ˈhæptiːn)

/ (ˈhæptən) /

noun
immunol an incomplete antigen that can stimulate antibody production only when it is chemically combined with a particular protein

Word Origin for hapten

C20: from German, from Greek haptein to fasten
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