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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



antithymocyte globulin  listen  (AN-tee-THY-moh-site GLAH-byoo-lin)

  Serum from blood that contains antibodies that bind to human T cells. Antithymocyte globulin is given to a patient before a stem cell transplant to kill T cells and lower the risk of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). It is also used to treat GVHD and after a kidney transplant to help keep the body from rejecting the kidney. Also called antilymphocyte globulin.