serotype

[ seer-uh-tahyp, ser- ]
/ ˈsɪər əˌtaɪp, ˈsɛr- /

noun

a group of organisms, microorganisms, or cells distinguished by their shared specific antigens as determined by serologic testing.
the set of antigens that characterizes the group.

verb (used with object), se·ro·typed, se·ro·typ·ing.

to classify by serotype.

Nearby words

  1. serotinal,
  2. serotine,
  3. serotinous,
  4. serotonergic,
  5. serotonin,
  6. serous,
  7. serous cell,
  8. serous cyst,
  9. serous fluid,
  10. serous gland

Origin of serotype

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

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British Dictionary definitions for serotype

serotype

/ (ˈsɪərəʊˌtaɪp) /

noun

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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Medicine definitions for serotype

serotype

[ sîrə-tīp′, sĕr- ]

n.

serovar

v.

To classify according to serovar; assign to a particular serovar.

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