a generalized allergic reaction to a foreign serum or drug, characterized by fever, skin rash, enlarged lymph nodes, and painful joints.
- Also called serum disease .
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How to use serum sickness in a sentence
It has been stated that newly-prepared serum is particularly apt to produce serum sickness when used for immunizing purposes.Plague | Thomas Wright Jackson
This has led to a routine for serum injection by graduated doses, which has been successful in averting serum sickness.
British Dictionary definitions for serum sickness
an allergic reaction, such as vomiting, skin rash, etc, that sometimes follows 2-3 weeks after an injection of a foreign serum
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