immunoglobulin E

Definitions of immunoglobulin E
  1. noun
    one of the five major classes of immunoglobulins; present primarily in the skin and mucous membranes
    synonyms: IgE
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    types:
    reagin
    an immunoglobulin E that is formed as an antibody against allergens (such as pollen); attaches to cell membranes causing the release of histamine and other substances responsible for the local inflammation characteristic of an allergy
    type of:
    Ig, immune gamma globulin, immune globulin, immune serum globulin, immunoglobulin
    a class of proteins produced in lymph tissue in vertebrates and that function as antibodies in the immune response
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