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An adjective applied to cells or molecules arising from more than one clone; e.g., an antigenic preparation (even a highly purified one) elicits the synthesis of various immunoglobulin molecules. These antibodies would react specifically with different components of the complex antigen molecule. Thus, the antibody preparation generated by such an antigen would be polyclonal in the sense that it would contain immunoglobulins synthesized by different clones of B lymphocytes.

Subjects: Genetics and Genomics.

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