[ eych-wahy ]
/ ˈeɪtʃˈwaɪ /
an antigen encoded by a gene on the Y (male) chromosome, active in the development of male structures.
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Origin of HY antigen
1975–80; H(uman)Y (chromosome)
Words nearby HY antigen
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Medical definitions for HY antigen
An antigen factor, dependent on the Y-chromosome, responsible for differentiating the human embryo into the male phenotype by inducing the embryonic gonad to develop into a testis.
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