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major histocompatibility complex


Definition: a group of linked loci, collectively termed H-2 complex in the mouse and HLA complex in humans, which codes for cell-surface histocompatibility antigens and is the principal determinant of tissue type and transplant compatibility.

See Also: human leukocyte antigens, under antigen

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