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A protein formed in blood or tissues as a response to the invasion by a foreign invader called an antigen. The antibody will select, bind, and thus disable, its antigen pair. This reaction is so specific that researchers have used it for the identification of materials.

Synonyms and Related Terms

protilátka (Ces.); antistof (Dan.); Antikörper (Deut.); anticuerpo (Esp.); anticorps (Fr.); anticorpi (It.); immunoglobuline (Ned.); antistoff (Nor.); przeciwcia³ami (Pol.); anticorpo (Port.); antikropp (Sven.)

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Richard C. Wolbers, Nanette T. Sterman, Chris Stavroudis, Notes for Workshop on New Methods in the Cleaning of Paintings, J.Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 1990
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998