noun, plural se·rums, se·ra [seer-uh] /ˈsɪər ə/.
Origin of serum
Examples from the Web for serum
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.
In any event, no serum was available to try on this nurse in 1995 and Kikwit was not equipped to make a new batch.
With the aid of quantities so obtained they calculate mathematically the volume of the serum and corpuscles respectively.Histology of the Blood|Paul Ehrlich
Put the whole into a clean linen cloth; hang it up, and underneath it set a vessel to receive the Serum as it drops.Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed.|Pierre Joseph Macquer
These authors showed that the serum of a rabbit protects a rabbit better than does the serum of a dog, and vice versa.
The committees report deals with the claims that Dr. Glover has made for his serum, both experimental and clinical.
The sooner the serum is injected the better the prognosis with tracheotomy.
British Dictionary definitions for serum
noun plural -rums or -ra (-rə)
Word Origin for serum
Word Origin and History 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.