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Adipocyt: Fat cell.
Adult stem cell: An undifferentiated cell found in a differentiated tissue that can renew itself and (with certain limitations) differentiate to yield all the specialized cell types of the tissue from which it originated.
Allogenic transplant: Two or more individuals (or cell lines) are stated to be allogeneic to one another when the genes at one or more loci are not identical in sequence in each organism.
Amnion: The innermost intrauterine membrane around the fetus and the amniotic fluid.
Anterior visceral endoderm (AVE): Specific tissue structure arising in the early embryo that helps establish the anterior-posterior axis of the organism.
Antibody: A Y-shaped protein secreted by B cells in response to an antigen. An antibody binds specifically to the antigen that induced its production. Antibodies directed against antigens on the surface of infectious organisms help eliminate those organisms from the body.
Antigen: A substance (often a protein) that induces the formation of an antibody. Antigens are commonly found on the surface of infectious organisms, transfused blood cells, and transplanted organs.
Antigen presenting cells (APCs): One of a variety of cells within the body that can process antigens and display them on their surface in a form recognizable by T cells.
Astrocyte: One of the large neuroglia cells of nervous tissue.
Autoantibody: An antibody that reacts with antigens found on the cells and tissues of an individual’s ownbody. Autoantibodies can cause autoimmune diseases.
Autoimmune disease: A condition that results from T cells and/or antibodies that attack the cells or tissues of an individual’s own body.
Autologous transplant: Transplanted tissue derived from the intended recipient of the transplant. Such a transplant helps avoid complications of immune rejection.
Axis: A straight line passing through a spherical body between its two poles. The central line of the body or any of its parts. The vertebral column. The central nervous system. An artery that when created, immediately divides into a number of branches.