Definitions for "Human leukocyte antigen"
These antigens are present on the surface of white blood cells and are used to determine if the body's immune system will detect a cell(s) as foreign or self. Identity of these major histocompatability antigens between cells being transplanted and the individual into whom they are being transplanted is crucial to the success of the engraftment.
(HLA) human major histocompatibility complex.
A blood test used to match a blood or bone marrow donor to a recipient for transfusion or transplant.