Having an affinity for cells of the same or a closely related species. [homo- + G. kytos, cell, + trope, a turning toward]

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ho·mo·cy·to·tro·pic -.sīt-ə-'trō-pik adj of, relating to, or being any antibody that attaches to cells of the species in which it originates but not to cells of other species

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ho·mo·cy·to·tro·pic (ho″mo-si″to-troґpik) [homo- + cyto- + -tropic] having an affinity for cells from the same species; see under antibody.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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