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phytohemagglutinin

Pronunciation: fi'to-hem'a-glu'ti-nin

Definition: A phytomitogen from plants that agglutinates red blood cells. The term is commonly used specifically to refer to the lectin obtained from the red kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), which is also a mitogen that stimulates T lymphocytes more vigorously than B lymphocytes.

Synonym(s): phytolectin

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