major histocompatibility complex

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major histocompatibility complex

[′mā·jər ¦hi·stō·kəm′pad·ə′bil·əd·ē ′käm‚pleks]
(immunology)
In vertebrates, a family of genes that encode cell surface glycoproteins that regulate interactions among cells of the immune system, some components of the complement system, and perhaps other related functions connected with intercell recognition. Abbreviated MHC.
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The major histocompatability complex (MHC) controls the way our immune system recognises invaders and has previously been shown to play a role in sexual attraction.
On the other side, the team placed a molecule called major histocompatability complex (MHC) that allows T cells to recognize if the cells are 'self' or 'foreign.
NYSE:BEC) today introduced three new, ready-to-use, major histocompatability complex (MHC) Tetramer reagents.

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