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Definition of rhesus factor noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


rhesus factor

NAmE//ˈrisəs ˌfæktər//
[singular] (medical)
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a substance present in the red blood cells of around 85% of humans. Its presence (rhesus positive) or absence (rhesus negative) can be dangerous for babies when they are born and for people having blood transfusions.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: rhesus factor