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avidity

 [ah-vid´ĭ-te]
1. eagerness, or a strong attraction for something.
2. in immunology, an imprecise measure of the strength of antigen-antibody binding based on the rate at which the complex is formed.

a·vid·i·ty

(ă-vid'ĭ-tē),
The binding strength of an antibody for an antigen.
[L. avidus, greedy, eager fr. aveo, to crave]

avidity

/avid·i·ty/ (ah-vid´ĭ-te)
1. the strength of an acid or base.
2. in immunology, an imprecise measure of the strength of antigen-antibody binding based on the rate at which the complex is formed. Cf. affinity (3).

avidity

(ə-vĭd′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. avidi·ties

avidity

[avid′itē]
Etymology: L, avidus, eager
an inexact measure of the binding strength of antibodies to multiple antigenic determinants on natural antigens.

avidity

The degree of stability of an antibody’s binding with its antigen, which is a function of the number of shared binding sites and the binding energy of the antibody and antigen, which is the sum of the binding affinities of the combining sites on the antibody.

avidity

Immunology The degree of stability of an antibody's binding with its antigen, which is a function of the number of shared binding sites and the binding energy of an antibody and antigen–the sum of the binding affinities of the combining sites on the antibody. Cf Affinity.

a·vid·i·ty

(ă-vid'i-tē)
A measure of the binding strength of a multivalent antibody to a multivalent antigen.
See also: affinity
[L. avidus, greedy, eager fr. aveo, to crave]

avidity

in immunology, an imprecise measure of the strength of antibody-antigen binding based on the rate at which the complex is formed.
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I was too much exhausted to reflect upon this circumstance, but ate and drank with avidity.
it behoved me to learn the game itself; since, despite a thousand descriptions of roulette which I had read with ceaseless avidity, I knew nothing of its rules, and had never even seen it played.
Immense profits were thus made by the early traders, and the traffic was pursued with avidity.
And as she still stood reflecting, and looking at him with an eye which, in spite of her desire to treat this avidity of patronage as a very old story, betrayed an almost touching incredulity, he was afraid he had offended her.
It was not that I was annoyed at her avidity but I was really struck with the disparity between such a treasure and such scanty means of guarding it.
He brought back with him a sort of clover which the apes eat with avidity.
It seizes with avidity upon any incidents, surprising or mysterious, in the career of those who have at all distinguished themselves from their fellows, and invents a legend to which it then attaches a fanatical belief.
My friend rubbed his thin hands together with an appearance of avidity which was a surprise to me, who knew his frugal tastes.
They read with interest, if not with avidity, of their new guns, of their immense and still more immense ironclads, of their incredible and still more incredible explosives, but just what these tremendous engines of destruction might mean for their personal lives never entered their heads.
Before this time, at Wellwood House and here, when suffering from home-sick melancholy, I had sought relief twice or thrice at this secret source of consolation; and now I flew to it again, with greater avidity than ever, because I seemed to need it more.
He saw the avidity with which Numa devoured the carcass; he noted with growing admiration the finer points of the beast, and also the cunning construction of the trap.
Here he drank a little water and then directed the hands of the rykor to the balance of it and to the food, upon which the brainless thing fell with avidity.