Pronunciation: (AN-tee-GLAH-byoo-lin ...)
A laboratory test to identify antibodies that can bind to the surface of red blood cells or platelets and destroy them. This test is used to diagnose certain blood disorders in which patients make antibodies to their own red blood cells or platelets. It is also used to determine blood type. Also called Coombs test.
Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms2003-10-25 Date last modified: 2006-11-08