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Definition of Antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity

Antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity: An immune response in which antibody, by coating target cells, makes them vulnerable to attack by immune cells.

Antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity is commonly abbreviated ADCC.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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