immunohistochemistry

Pronunciation: (IH-myoo-noh-HIS-toh-KEH-mih-stree)

A lab test that uses antibodies to test for certain antigens (markers) in a sample of tissue. The antibodies are usually linked to an enzyme or a fluorescent dye. When the antibodies bind to the antigen in the tissue sample, the enzyme or dye is activated, and the antigen can then be seen under a microscope. Immunohistochemistry is used to help diagnose diseases, such as cancer. It may also be used to help tell the difference between different types of cancer.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2009-09-30 Date last modified: 2016-08-15