heavy chain


noun Immunology.

either of an identical pair of Y-shaped polypeptides that, together with the light chains, constitute the antibody molecule.

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Origin of heavy chain

First recorded in 1960–65

Also called H chain

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British Dictionary definitions for h chain

heavy chain

noun

immunol a type of polypeptide chain present in an immunoglobulin molecule
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Medicine definitions for h chain

heavy chain

[hĕvē]

n.

The larger of the two types of polypeptide chains in immunoglobulins, consisting of an antigen-binding portion having a variable amino acid sequence, and a constant region that defines the antibody class.

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Science definitions for h chain

heavy chain

[hĕvē]

The larger of the two types of polypeptide chains in an immunoglobulin molecule. A heavy chain consists of an antigen-binding portion having a variable amino acid sequence, and a constant region that is different for each class of imunoglobulin. Each heavy chain is one of a Y-shaped identical pair and is attached along its variable region to a smaller light chain. Compare light chain.
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