a compound which, when coupled with a protein or other molecule, can cause the formation of antibodies
Origin of haptenGerman ; from Classical Greek haptein, to fasten, touch + German -en, -ene
A small molecule that reacts with a specific antibody but cannot induce the formation of antibodies unless bound to a carrier protein or other large antigenic molecule.
Origin of haptenGerman : Greek haptein, to fasten + German -en, n. suff. (from Greek -&emacron;n&emacron;, -ene).
From German Hapten