histocompatibility love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A state or condition in which the absence of immunological interference permits the grafting of tissue or the transfusion of blood without rejection.

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  • n. The condition of being histocompatible
  • n. The toleration of grafts between genetically similar individuals

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  • n. condition in which the cells of one tissue can survive in the presence of cells of another tissue


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  • Therefore, the recognition of a graft as self or foreign is an inherited trait. The genes responsible for causing a grafted tissue to be perceived as similar to or different from one's own tissues were called histocompatibility genes (genes that determine tissue compatibility between individuals), and the

    differences between self and foreign were attributed to polymorphisms among different histocompatibility

    gene alleles.

    November 12, 2010