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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


humanized monoclonal antibody  listen  (HYOO-muh-nized MAH-noh-KLOH-nul AN-tee-BAH-dee)

  A type of antibody made in the laboratory by combining a human antibody with a small part of a mouse or rat monoclonal antibody. The mouse or rat part of the antibody binds to the target antigen, and the human part makes it less likely to be destroyed by the body's immune system.