American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Rh factor.
- n. An antigen (also referred to as RhD) appearing on the surface of the red blood cells of most (85%) humans. An incompatibility between the Rh-blood types of a mother and her baby may cause serious disease for the baby.
- n. a blood group antigen possessed by Rh-positive people; if an Rh-negative person receives a blood transfusion from an Rh-positive person it can result in hemolysis and anemia
- The antigen was discovered in connection with a research of rhesus monkeys. (Wiktionary)
- From its having first been detected in the blood of the rhesus monkey. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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