Literally meaning: “ antibody generator”
Origin: Anc Greek
αντί-/anti- (=prefix meaning opposed to, against, instead)
+ γεννώ/geno(=produce, give birth to)
By Hungarian physician and microbiologist Laszlo Detre (1874-1939)
1. In memory of László Detre (1874-1939), who coined the term "antigen"]. Ovr Hetil1990 May 20;131(20):1089-90.
2. "Origins of the Terms Antibody ' and 'Antigen'", Scand. J. Immunol., 19, 281-285, 1984 p 281
Antigen is any substance that can trigger the production of an antibody by the immune system . The part of the antigen molecule to which the antibody binds is called the epitope.