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MHC




major histocompatibility complex: (in mammals) a group of genes located next to or near each other on a specific chromosome, the sixth in humans, most of which encode glycoproteins of highly variable shapes that are expressed on almost all cell surfaces: it plays the dominant role in distinguishing one individual's cells from another's and in determining the histocompatibility of any two individuals. Cf. HLA.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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