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Definition of ADCC (antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotox.)

ADCC (antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity): An immune response in which antibodies, by coating target cells, makes them vulnerable to attack by immune cells. Antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity is commonly (and blissfully) abbreviated ADCC.

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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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