- a serum containing antibodies, as antitoxins or agglutinins, obtained by inoculation of animals and used for injection into other animals to provide immunity to a specific disease.
Origin of antiserum
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Numerals represent relative amounts of reaction between antigens and antisera.
All antisera were produced in rabbits (laboratory stock of Oryctolagus cuniculus).
Only three antisera were produced against formolized antigens, all others being produced against "native" extracts.
- blood serum containing antibodies against a specific antigen, used to treat or provide immunity to a disease
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- A serum containing antibodies that are specific for one or more antigens.immune serum
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- Human or animal serum containing one or more antibodies that are specific for one or more antigens and are administered to confer immunity. The antibodies in an antiserum result from previous immunization or exposure to an agent of disease. See also acquired immunity.
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