What is the difference between Ligand and Antigen?

The difference between ligand and antigen

is that "ligand" is an ion, molecule, or functional group that binds to another chemical entity to form a larger complex and "antigen" is a substance that induces an immune response, usually foreign.

ligand

antigen

Noun

  • (chemistry) An ion, molecule, or functional group that binds to another chemical entity to form a larger complex.
  • (typography) A letter that orthography requires to be ligated with one or more other letters.

Noun

  • (immunology) A substance that induces an immune response, usually foreign.

Related terms

  • antigenic