Definition of histocompatibility in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • Compatibility between the tissues of different individuals, so that one accepts a graft from the other without giving an immune reaction.

    • ‘Major histocompatibility complex genes are known to influence the immune functions.’
    • ‘Parabiotic mice have been reported to produce stable blood chimerism across major histocompatibility barriers.’
    • ‘Additionally, the grafts also contain minor histocompatibility antigens, which will elicit a rather slow immune response.’
    • ‘Blood and tissue typing and histocompatibility tests must be done in advance.’
    • ‘However, there are many minor histocompatibility antigens that cannot currently be matched.’