Immunology. injection of lymphocytes or antibody from an immune or sensitized donor to a nonimmune host in order to impart immunity or test for allergic reactions.
Words nearby passive transfer
Origin of passive transfer
First recorded in 1940–45
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Medical definitions for passive transfer
The transfer of skin-sensitizing antibodies from the blood of an allergic individual to that of a nonallergic individual in order to test for an allergic reaction to specific allergens.
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