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cytotropic antibody


Definition: antibody that has an affinity for certain kinds of cells, in addition to and unrelated to its specific affinity for the antigen that induced it, because of the properties of the Fc portion of the heavy chain.

Synonym(s): anaphylactic antibody, cytophilic antibody

See Also: heterocytotropic antibody, homocytotropic antibody, cytotropic antibody test

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