Glossary Term


A protein substance made by the body’s immune system to attack a foreign substance, for example, a blood transfusion, virus or pregnancy. Because antibodies attack transplanted organs, transplant patients must take powerful drugs to reduce the body’s attack on the transplanted organ. See anti-rejection medicine.
( April 2020)

A protein molecule produced by the immune system in response to a foreign body, such as virus or a transplanted organ. Since antibodies fight the transplanted organ and try to reject it, recipients are required to take anti-rejection (immunosuppressive) drugs.
(OPTN Glossary May 2021)