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antibody

Definition

A complex protein that is produced in response to the introduction of a specific antigen into an animal. Antibodies belong to a class of proteins called immunoglobins, which are formed by plasma cells in the blood as a defence mechanism against invasion by parasites, notably bacteria and viruses, either by killing them or rendering them harmless. (Source: ALL2)

Themes
  • biology
  • human health
Groups
  • BIOSPHERE (organisms, ecosystems)
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Concept URL: http://www.eionet.europa.eu/gemet/concept/474