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 (hăp′tĕn′) also hap·tene (-tēn′)
A small molecule that reacts with a specific antibody but does not induce an immune response unless bound to a larger molecule, usually a protein.

[German : Greek haptein, to fasten + German -en, noun suffix (from Greek -ēnē, -ene).]

hap·ten′ic adj.


(Physiology) immunol relating to a hapten
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The cause may be due to environmental factors such as bacterial or viral infections, or haptenic toxic chemicals binding to human tissue, causing modification of self-antigens and the subsequent production of autoantibodies.
There are no cephalosporin haptenic determinants available for skin testing (as there are for penicillin).
Each of these HSA-conjugates was evaluated with the TNBS reagent and found to contain a minimum of 17 haptenic moieties per molecule HSA.