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Medical Term:

side-chain theory


Definition: Ehrlich postulated that cells contained surface extensions or side chains (haptophores) that bind to the antigenic determinants of a toxin (toxophores); after a cell is stimulated, the haptophores are released into the circulation and become the antibodies.

Synonym(s): Ehrlich postulate

See Also: receptor

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