One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An antibody, lectin, or other substance that causes agglutination.
- ‘In mammalian systems, treatment of cells with the lectin wheat germ agglutinin inhibits nuclear protein import.’
- ‘Soybean agglutinin is a tetrameric legume lectin, each of whose subunits are glycosylated.’
- ‘Serum agglutinins, precipitins, and complement-fixing antibodies can also be used to establish a diagnosis.’
- ‘Cold agglutinins are abnormal proteins in the blood.’
- ‘Blood cultures, febrile agglutinins, and an infectious mononucleosis screen were all negative.’
Late 19th century: from agglutinate + -in.
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