antigenic determinant

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antigenic determinant

n
(Biochemistry) the specific part of an antigen molecule to which an antibody becomes attached

ep•i•tope

(ˈɛp ɪˌtoʊp)

n.
a site on an antigen at which an antibody can bind, the molecular arrangement of the site determining the specific combining antibody. Also called antigenic determinant .
[1970–75; epi- + -tope < Greek tópos place; compare topo-]
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Noun1.antigenic determinant - the site on the surface of an antigen molecule to which an antibody attaches itself
immunology - the branch of medical science that studies the body's immune system
site, situation - physical position in relation to the surroundings; "the sites are determined by highly specific sequences of nucleotides"
antigen - any substance (as a toxin or enzyme) that stimulates an immune response in the body (especially the production of antibodies)