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Definition of Monoclonal antibody

Monoclonal antibody: An antibody produced by a single clone of cells. A monoclonal antibody is therefore a single pure type of antibody. Monoclonal antibodies can be made in large quantities in the laboratory and are a cornerstone of immunology. Monoclonal antibodies are increasingly coming into use as therapeutic agents.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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