noun, plural se·rums, se·ra [seer-uh] /ˈsɪər ə/.
Origin of serum
Examples from the Web for serum
Contemporary Examples of serum
A Washington Post blog asks: “Why do two white Americans get the Ebola serum while hundreds of Africans die?”
The New Republic demands: “Why did two U.S. missionaries get an Ebola serum while Africans are left to die?”
Never mind that there seem to have been no more than eight doses of the serum in existence.
The serum failed to neutralize the virus in subsequent tests and seemed to offer little protection in animal experiments.
But it was not entirely clear whether the serum was responsible for the happy outcome.
Historical Examples of serum
Serifluus means flowing with serum, the watery part of milk.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
My serum can destroy your conscious mind—but not your native fear?The Floating Island of Madness
Serum: the fluid in which the blood corpuscles float or are suspended.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
They find the effect of this serum much better than that of others.A Journey Through France in War Time
Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
He took a mouse from the box I had seen, and with a needle injected the serum.The Silent Bullet
Arthur B. Reeve
noun plural -rums or -ra (-rə)
Word Origin for serum
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.