Hapten meaning

-tēn
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.
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A compound which, when coupled with a protein or other molecule, can cause the formation of antibodies.
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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.
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(immunology) Any small molecule that can elicit an immune response only when attached to a large carrier such as a protein.
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Origin of hapten

  • German Greek haptein to fasten German -en n. suff. (from Greek -ēnē -ene)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From German Hapten

    From Wiktionary