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Related to immune globulin: tetanus immune globulin, hepatitis B immune globulin, rabies immune globulin, Immune Globulin Intravenous
n. Abbr. IG
A preparation containing gamma globulins (chiefly immunoglobulin G) obtained from blood plasma pooled from many individuals and used to confer passive immunity against various diseases such as tetanus and hepatitis B and for treatment of a variety of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Also called gamma globulin, immune serum globulin.
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|Noun||1.||immune globulin - a class of proteins produced in lymph tissue in vertebrates and that function as antibodies in the immune response|
gamma globulin, human gamma globulin - a plasma protein containing the immunoglobulins that are responsible for immune responses
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
IgA, immunoglobulin A - one of the most common of the five major classes of immunoglobulins; the chief antibody in the membranes of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts
IgD, immunoglobulin D - one of the five major classes of immunoglobulins; present in blood serum in small amounts
IgE, immunoglobulin E - one of the five major classes of immunoglobulins; present primarily in the skin and mucous membranes
IgG, immunoglobulin G - one of the five major classes of immunoglobulins; the main antibody defense against bacteria
IgM, immunoglobulin M - one of the five major classes of immunoglobulins; involved in fighting blood infections and in triggering production of immunoglobulin G
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