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bivalent antibody

 

Definition: antibody that causes a visible reaction with specific antigen as in agglutination, precipitation, and so on; so-called because according to the “lattice theory” aggregation occurs when the antibody molecule has two or more binding sites that can crosslink one antigen particle to another; probably a characteristic of the class of immunoglobulin.

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