[ seer-uh-tahyp, ser- ]

  1. a group of organisms, microorganisms, or cells distinguished by their shared specific antigens as determined by serologic testing.

  2. the set of antigens that characterizes the group.

verb (used with object),se·ro·typed, se·ro·typ·ing.
  1. to classify by serotype.

Origin of serotype

First recorded in 1945–50; sero- + -type

Words Nearby serotype Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use serotype in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for serotype


/ (ˈsɪərəʊˌtaɪp) /

  1. med a category into which material, usually a bacterium, is placed based on its serological activity, esp in terms of the antigens it contains or the antibodies produced against it

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