Dictionary > Neutralization


(general) The act or process of making neutral.
(chemistry) A chemical reaction in which an acid and a base or alkali react to yield a salt and water.
(immunology) The process of neutralizing a pathogen by antibody acting on the receptors or specific antigen.
In immunology, neutralization happens when antibodies bind to specific antigens, blocking the pathogen from entering their host cells.
Alternative form: neutralisation.
See also: neutralizing antibody.

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