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noun Pathology.
a generalized allergic reaction to a foreign serum or drug, characterized by fever, skin rash, enlarged lymph nodes, and painful joints.
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Also called serum disease .

Origin of serum sickness

First recorded in 1910–15
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British Dictionary definitions for serum sickness

serum sickness

noun
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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Medical definitions for serum sickness

serum sickness

n.
A hypersensitive reaction to the administration of a foreign serum, marked by fever, swelling, skin rash, and lymph node enlargement.serum disease serum reaction
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