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tr.v. human·ized, human·izing, human·izes
a. To modify (a nonhuman compound, cell, organ, or organism) such that some of its components are replaced with human forms of those components, usually by means of genetic engineering.
b. To replace most of the variable region of (a monoclonal antibody from a nonhuman source) with a human sequence of amino acids so that the resulting antibody is more compatible with the human immune system.

hu′man·i·za′tion (-mə-nĭ-zā′shən) n.
hu′man·iz′er n.
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Chemically altered to resemble natural human amino acid sequences. It applies to proteins or polypeptides derived from animals, e.g., mice, that are altered to reduce their antigenic potential.
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Then there was the Cold War, which he calls "a detour from history." By that, he means (and his terminology unfortunately connotes a crude Marxist determinism) a departure from the struggle to humanize American capitalism.
The details of the morning of September 11th are familiar, but the personal stories humanize the trauma and loss.
"Little by little we have been able to sensitize the authorities to the need to humanize imprisonment" the missionary told ZENIT.
Bernstein & Co., Inc., investment managers with a large practice in White Plains says, "Golf offers an occasion to humanize a working relationship.
The maneuver draws on the gallery as a creative refuge in order to humanize a deadening system.
Logan's all too obvious weaknesses along with his frequent bouts of questioning and self-loathing serve to both humanize him and create likeability.
Although the scale of the blocks is far from oppressive, Koning Eizenberg contrive to humanize and animate the terraces through various formal devices.
Free trade, they said, would democratize and humanize China all by itself.
Although he tries to humanize his style, his humor - "God is no Hallmark greeting card" - sometimes cloys; his narrative skills, however, stand him in good stead.
Ten years ago, at a time when many people with HIV were still shunned because of their disease, Diana made the radical--for royalty, at least--move to humanize the illness.