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one who receives, as a blood transfusion, or a tissue or organ graft.
universal recipient traditional name for a person thought to be able to receive blood of any “type” (see blood group) without agglutination of the donor cells. This refers to individuals of blood group AB; however, research and clinical experience have now demonstrated that antibodies may be present to cause serious reactions. Therefore, prior to a blood transfusion, any recipient must be checked for compatibility (see crossmatching).
A person who has group AB blood and is therefore able to receive blood from any other group in the ABO system.
Etymology: L, universus + recipere, to receive
a person with blood type AB, who can receive a transfusion of any blood type without agglutination or precipitation effects.
universal recipientTransfusion medicine A person with blood group AB, whose serum has no anti-A or anti-B antibodies and thus can receive any ABO blood without suffering an ABO-related hemolytic transfusion reaction when blood is transfused from a person with blood group A, B, AB or O. Cf Universal donor.
u·ni·ver·sal re·cip·i·ent(yū'ni-vĕr'săl rĕ-sip'ē-ĕnt)
A patient with an AB blood type; one who can receive any other blood type.
uni·ver·sal re·cip·i·ent(yūni-vĕrsăl rĕ-sipē-ĕnt)
Patient with AB blood type who is able to receive a blood transfusion from any blood type in the ABO system.