Rhesus factor


Rhesus factor
An antigen (also referred to as RhD) appearing on the surface of the red blood cells of most (85%) humans. An incompatibility between the Rh-blood types of a mother and her baby may cause serious disease for the baby.

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  • rhesus factor — ► NOUN ▪ a substance occurring on red blood cells which can cause disease in a newborn baby whose blood contains the factor (i.e. is rhesus positive) while the mother s blood does not (i.e. is rhesus negative). ORIGIN from RHESUS MONKEY(Cf.… …   English terms dictionary

  • rhesus factor — n RH FACTOR * * * a group of antigen that may or may not be present on the surface of the red blood cells; it forms the basis of the rhesus blood group system. Most people have the rhesus factor, i.e. they are Rh positive. People who lack the… …   Medical dictionary

  • Rhesus factor — Rhesus factor. = Rh factor (см.). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • rhesus-factor — rhesus factor. См. резус фактор. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • rhesus factor — [[t]ri͟ːsəs fæktə(r)[/t]] N SING The rhesus factor is something that is in the blood of most people. If someone s blood contains this factor, they are rhesus positive. If it does not, they are rhesus negative. Syn: Rh factor …   English dictionary

  • Rhesus factor — UK [ˈriːsəs ˌfæktə(r)] / US [ˈrɪsəs ˈfæktər] noun [singular] medical a substance found in red blood cells. Most people are Rhesus positive (= they have the Rhesus factor) and cannot share blood with people who are Rhesus negative (= who do not… …   English dictionary

  • rhesus factor — Rh factor a group of antigens that may or may not be present on the surface of the red blood cells; it forms the basis of the rhesus blood group system. Most people have the rhesus factor, i.e. they are Rh positive. People who lack the factor are …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Rhesus factor — /ˈrisəs fæktə / (say reesuhs faktuh) noun → Rh factor. {so called because first described in the rhesus monkey} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Rhesus factor — noun (singular) technical a substance whose presence (rhesus positive) or absence (rhesus negative) in the red blood cells may have dangerous effects for some babies or when a person receives blood from another person …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • rhesus factor — noun an antigen occurring on red blood cells which is a cause of haemolytic disease of the newborn and of incompatibility in blood transfusions. Origin 1940s: from rhesus monkey, in which the antigen was first observed …   English new terms dictionary

  • Rhesus factor — (Rh factor)    Any of a group of genetically transmitted agglutinogens present in the blood of most individuals (Rh positive), and those individuals without the factor are referred to as Rh negative …   Forensic science glossary


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