antigenic competition


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antigenic competition

[‚an·tə¦jen·ik ‚käm·pə′tish·ən]
(immunology)
A decrease in immune response to one antigenic peptide due to a concurrent immune response to a different antigenic peptide.
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Immunization with purified NI and N2 influenza virus neuraminidases demonstrates cross-reactivity without antigenic competition. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.