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Immunophenotyping: A process used to identify cells, based on the types of antigens or markers on the surface of the cell. This process is used to diagnose specific types of leukemia and lymphoma by comparing the cancer cells to normal cells of the immune system.

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Analysis can be done on blood, bone marrow, lymph nodes, and any other tissue. A sample of blood, bone marrow cells, or lymph node cells is analyzed to determine the types of antigens or markers on the surface of the cell. This analysis is used to diagnose specific types of leukemia and lymphoma. For example, myelogenous leukemic cells can be distinguished from lymphomatous leukemic cells. The antigen in the cell is usually referred to as CD followed by a number. See also CD; cluster of differentiation