or an·ti·ven·om

[an-tee-ven-in or an-tee-ven-uh m; an-tahy-]
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  1. an antitoxin present in the blood of an animal following repeated injections of venom.
  2. the antitoxic serum obtained from such blood.

Origin of antivenin

1890–95; earlier antiven(ene) (anti- + venene < Latin venēnum “potion, poison”; see venom) + -in2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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antivenene (ˌæntɪvɪˈniːn)

  1. an antitoxin that counteracts a specific venom, esp snake venom

Word Origin for antivenin

C19: from anti- + ven (om) + -in
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Word Origin and History for antivenin

1894, from anti- + venin, from venom + chemical suffix -in (2). Perhaps immediately from French antivenin.

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antivenin in Medicine


[ăn′tē-vĕnĭn, ăn′tī-]
  1. An antitoxin active against venom.
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antivenin in Science


[ăn′tē-vĕnĭn, ăn′tī-]
  1. An antitoxin active against the venom of a snake, spider, or other venomous animal or insect.
  2. An animal serum containing antivenins, used in medicine to treat poisoning caused by animal or insect venom.
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