Heterophile

Heterophile antibodies are antibodies induced by external antigens (heterophile antigens). Some cross-react with self-antigens. For example, in rheumatic fever, antibodies against group A streptococcal cell walls can also react with (and thus damage) human heart tissues. These are considered heterophile antibodies. In clinical diagnosis, the heter...
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heterophile

(het´әr-o-fīl″) said of a group of cross-reacting antigens found in several species and having a species distribution that does not correspond to phylogenetic relationships or to antibody directed against such antigens. Called also heterophil.
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