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View in Spanish: Soliris

Soliris (soh-LAYR-is)
A monoclonal antibody used to prevent red blood cells from being destroyed in patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a red blood cell disorder. Monoclonal antibodies are made in the laboratory and can locate and bind to substances in the body. Soliris blocks a protein in the blood that causes the breakdown of red blood cells. Also called eculizumab.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.