One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A drug consisting of a preparation of humanized monoclonal antibodies directed against a cell surface receptor (human epidermal growth factor receptor 2; Her2) which contributes to the growth of some breast cancers, used in the treatment of such cancers. [A trademark for this drug is Herceptin.]
1990s; earliest use found in Business Wire. From trastuz- (origin unknown) + -u- + -mab, representing monoclonal antibody.
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