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major histocompatibility complex

noun

, Immunology.
  1. MHC.


major histocompatibility complex

noun

  1. See MHC
    the full name for MHC


major histocompatibility complex

/ jər /

  1. A group of genes that code for cell-surface histocompatibility antigens and are the principal determinants of tissue type and transplant compatibility. They are the most diverse genes in humans and are used to determine if a sample of DNA comes from a specific person.


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That hot spot is on the major histocompatibility complex gene HLA-B, said Kristi Krebs, a pharmacogenomics researcher for the Estonian Genome Center at the University of Tartu.

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