Definition of polyclonal in US English:



Medicine Biology
  • Consisting of or derived from many clones.

    ‘polyclonal antibodies’
    • ‘One should note whether the antibody is polyclonal or monoclonal and also the species and isotype of the primary antibody.’
    • ‘Most of these analytes are measured by immunoassays using monoclonal or polyclonal antibodies.’
    • ‘In addition, it is possible to use an animal polyclonal antiserum for capture and a human IgE antibody containing serum for detection.’
    • ‘We applied the model to several different T-cell clones and to a polyclonal cell line representative of a subpopulation present in blood.’
    • ‘Whether polyclonal proliferations progress to monoclonal lymphomas has not been proven.’