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[Gr. mitos, thread + -gen]
A protein derived from plants, used in the laboratory to stimulate cell division (mitosis). It is frequently used in vitro to study the proliferation of lymphocytes from blood drawn during a research study. The most commonly used mitogens are phytohemagglutinin and concanavalin A.
SEE: concanavalin A; SEE: lectin; SEE: phytohemagglutinin
mitogenic (mīt″ŏ-jen′ik), adj.

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