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1. a serum containing antibodies, such as one obtained from an animal that has been subjected to the action of antigen either by injection into the tissues or blood or by infection. See also immunity and immunization. Called also immune serum.
2. a reagent source of antibody, often sold commercially.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Polyclonal serum that contains demonstrable antibody or antibodies specific for one (monovalent or specific antiserum) or more (polyvalent antiserum) antigens; may be prepared from the blood of animals inoculated with an antigenic material or from the blood of animals and people who have been stimulated by natural contact with an antigen (as in those who recover from an attack of disease).
Synonym(s): immune serum
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n. pl. anti·serums or anti·sera (-sîr′ə)
Human or animal serum containing antibodies that are specific for one or more antigens.
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antiserumImmunology A serum that contains Igs against specified antigens, used therapeutically
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Serum that contains antibody or antibodies specific for one or more antigens; may be prepared from the blood of animals inoculated with an antigenic material or from the blood of animals and people who have been stimulated by natural contact with an antigen (as by an attack of disease).
Synonym(s): immune serum.
Synonym(s): immune serum.
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antiserumAnimal or human blood serum which contains ANTIBODIES to infective organisms or to the TOXINS produced by organisms. The serum donor must previously have been infected with the organisms concerned.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
antiserum) antitoxin containing large quantities of ANTIBODIES to a specific ANTIGEN, which confers quick-acting ‘passive’ IMMUNITY when donated to an individual who may have been exposed to the antigen. For example, tetanus antiserum is injected after the possible entry of tetanus bacterium in an accident. Compare VACCINE.
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