Origin of serum
Related Words for serumantibody, antiserum, agglutinin, agglutinogen, vaccine, antigen, immunizer, immunotoxin
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
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.
- 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.