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 does not induce an immune response unless bound to a larger molecule, usually a protein.
Origin of haptenGermanGreek haptein to fasten German -en noun suffix ( from Greek -ēnē -ene )
From German Hapten