heterophile antibody


heterophile antibody
An antibody raised against an antigen from one species that also reacts against antigens from other species. Also used of systems such as the Forssman antigen where antibody against antigens from a variety of species is present without immunization.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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