histocompatibility antigen

noun Immunology.
  1. any antigen on the surface of tissue or blood cells that provokes the immune response and subsequent rejection when transplanted to an individual of a different antigenic type, thus determining whether the tissues or organs of a donor and recipient are histocompatible.

Origin of histocompatibility antigen

First recorded in 1965–70
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British Dictionary definitions for histocompatibility antigen

histocompatibility antigen

noun
  1. a molecule occurring on the surface of tissue cells that can take several different forms. The differences between histocompatibility antigens are inherited and determine organ transplant rejection
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histocompatibility antigen in Medicine

histocompatibility antigen

n.
  1. Any of various antigens on the surface of cell membranes that serve to identify a cell as self or nonself and are used to determine whether a tissue graft or transfusion will be accepted by a recipient.
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