antibody /ˈantɪbɒdi/

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a blood protein produced in response to and counteracting a specific antigen. Antibodies combine chemically with substances which the body recognizes as alien, such as bacteria, viruses, and foreign substances in the blood.
– origin early 20th cent.: from anti- + body, translating German Antikörper, from anti- ‘against’ + Körper ‘body’.

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