Neutralisation

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Definition

noun

(general) The act or process of making neutral.

(chemistry) A chemical reaction in which an acid and a base or alkali react to yield a salt and water.

(immunology) The process of neutralizing a pathogen by antibody acting on the receptors or specific antigen.


Supplement

In immunology, neutralisation happens when an antibody binds to specific antigen, blocking the pathogen from entering its host cell.


Alternative form: neutralization.

See also: neutralizing antibody.