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antivenin

Line breaks: anti|venin
Pronunciation: /ˌantɪˈvɛnɪn
 
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(also antivenene /ˌantɪvɪˈniːn/)

Definition of antivenin in English:

noun

An antiserum containing antibodies against specific poisons, especially those in the venom of snakes, spiders, and scorpions.
Example sentences
  • Equine-derived antivenin to snake venom has been the mainstay of hospital treatment for venomous snakebite for 35 years.
  • Although the mainstay of treatment is definitely antivenin, in district settings where the antivenin is not readily available steroids are helpful.
  • The park's venom-milking program is the only supplier of venom to Melbourne's Commonwealth Serum Laboratories - makers of antivenins crucial to treating snakebite victims.

Origin

late 19th century: from anti- + ven(om) + -in1.

Derivatives

antivenom

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈvɛnəm/
noun
Example sentences
  • Although the Colombian antivenom proved the most effective, all three antivenoms proved suitable for treating snakebite victims in this region
  • Antivenoms selected to cover the venomous species known and suspected to be held in the UK are stored in London and Liverpool
  • The message is, keep antivenom in stock, or know where to find it fast.

Words that rhyme with antivenin

Lenin

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