Toll-like Receptor Definition
Other Word Forms of Toll-like Receptor
Origin of Toll-like Receptor
From Toll the name of a gene in drosophila fruit flies that when mutated affects embryonic development and the innate immune system from German toll amazing, great, cool (in Das is ja toll! That's really cool!, exclamation of German biologist Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard upon observing in 1985 that mutations in a particular gene caused ventral underdevelopment in drosophila, a discovery that eventually led to the identification of Toll-like receptors) from Middle High German tol foolish, crazy, good-looking from Old High German foolish Old English dol dull from Germanic dula- dumbfounded, stupefied
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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