major histocompatibility complexmedical dictionary

The set of gene loci specifying major histocompatibility antigens, for example HLA in man, H 2 in mice, RLA in rabbits, RT 1 in rats, DLA in dogs, SLA in pigs, etc.

Acronym: MHC

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)