- a plural of serum.
Origin of serum
Related Words for seraantibody, antiserum, agglutinin, agglutinogen, vaccine, antigen, immunizer, immunotoxin
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Contemporary Examples of sera
He wanted to learn how to draft grant proposals so SERA could get more funding to do more relief work.
He started his relief group, called Special Emergency Response and Assistance (SERA), in the fall of that year.
Historical Examples of sera
He was from Sera in Lhasa, and had lived three years in Nagrong.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 2 (of 2)
Sera served the Daughter as handmaiden while she was yet among us.
There he bathed his head and arms while the Ana pulled open Sera's food bag.
Vous n'avez qu' dire: rien ne me sera difficile' (June 1694).Popular Tales
Those of Khaldhan, of Preboung and Sera, are the most celebrated and the most populous.Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China
Evariste Regis Huc
- a plural of serum
Word Origin for serum
Word Origin and History for sera
1670s, "watery animal fluid," from Latin serum "watery fluid, whey," from PIE root *ser- (2) "to run, flow" (cf. Greek oros "whey;" Sanskrit sarah "flowing," sarit "brook, river"). First applied 1893 to blood serum used in medical treatments.
- A watery fluid, especially one that moistens the surface of serous membranes or that is exuded by such membranes when they become inflamed.
- The clear yellowish fluid obtained upon separating whole blood into its solid and liquid components.
- Such fluid from the tissues of immunized animals, containing antibodies and used to transfer immunity to another individual.
- See blood serum.
- Blood serum extracted from an animal that has immunity to a particular disease. The serum contains antibodies to one or more specific disease antigens, and when injected into humans or other animals, it can transfer immunity to those diseases.