heterophil antibody

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Noun1.heterophil antibody - an antibody found in the blood of someone suffering from infectious mononucleosis
antibody - any of a large variety of proteins normally present in the body or produced in response to an antigen which it neutralizes, thus producing an immune response
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Common diagnostic testing for EBV consists of nonspecific heterophil antibody testing and serologic antibody testing for EBV.
Hoagland's criteria (clinical illness compatible with IM, demonstration of relative and absolute lymphocytosis, more than 20% atypical lymphocytes, and positive serology for heterophil antibody) were accepted for establishing the diagnosis.