Hapten



[hap-ten] /ˈhæp tɛn/

noun, Immunology.
1.
a substance having a single antigenic determinant that can react with a previously existing antibody but cannot stimulate more antibody production unless combined with other molecules; a partial antigen.
/ˈhæptən/
noun
1.
(immunol) an incomplete antigen that can stimulate antibody production only when it is chemically combined with a particular protein

hapten hap·ten (hāp’tən)
n.
A substance that is capable of reacting with a specific antibody but cannot induce the formation of antibodies unless bound to a carrier protein or other molecule. Also called incomplete antigen, partial antigen.

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