Definition of haptophore in US English:

haptophore

(also haptophor)

noun

Pharmacology Immunology
  • A part of a molecule, especially a toxin or drug molecule, which enables it to bind to a cell or to another substance; a binding site; a receptor. Now frequently historical with reference to the theories of Paul Ehrlich.

adjective

Pharmacology Immunology
  • Of the nature of a haptophore; haptophoric. Now chiefly historical with reference to the theories of Paul Ehrlich.

Origin

Late 19th century. From German haptophor, adjective from ancient Greek ἅπτειν to fasten + German -o- + -phor.

Pronunciation

haptophore

/ˈhaptə(ʊ)fɔː/