Definition of serology in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪəˈrɒlədʒi/


[mass noun]
The scientific study or diagnostic examination of blood serum, especially with regard to the response of the immune system to pathogens or introduced substances.
Example sentences
  • If susceptibility or recent infection is indicated by serology, weekly ultrasound examinations should be performed for four to eight weeks after exposure (or two to six weeks after infection) to detect hydrops.
  • Rheumatologists tend to rely on clinical signs, symptoms, and serology, whereas neurologists rely more on histopathology in order to exclude other myopathies.
  • Other frequently performed tests included histopathologic studies on tissues, blood typing, syphilis serology, and 2 components of drugs of abuse testing.



Pronunciation: /ˌsɪərəˈlɒdʒɪk/
Example sentences
  • In equivocal cases or when a patient has been on a gluten-free diet, a gluten challenge test may be used to provoke the gastrointestinal lesion and serologic response.
  • When the diagnosis of gluten-sensitive enteropathy is suspected, serologic tests can identify many affected patients.
  • Pregnant women who have been exposed to parvovirus should undergo serologic testing.


Pronunciation: /sɪərəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Children who present with overlapping features of both nephrotic and nephritic syndromes should undergo thorough serological testing to narrow down the differential diagnosis.
  • Early intervention using more sophisticated screening tests, serological measures, or novel biophysical parameters needs to be explored.
  • Relegated to serological realms, and with medical practitioners generally using saline, blood-typing was virtually ignored by clinicians.


Pronunciation: /ˌsɪərəˈlɒdʒɪkli/
Example sentences
  • It also ensures that proper counseling, medical referral, and evaluation are targeted for patients with serologically confirmed HCV infection.
  • We describe a 38-year-old man suffering from serologically confirmed psittacosis.
  • All previously unvaccinated household and sexual contacts of persons with serologically confirmed hepatitis A should receive immune globulin.


Example sentences
  • The commission included internationally known forensic serologists who made heroic efforts to validate the blood, but all of the microscopical, chemical, biological, and instrumental tests were negative.
  • The experts reviewed the work of the serologist, and found his conclusions to be scientifically unsound.
  • Representatives paid a surprise visit to his lab to confiscate his samples, then gave them to two late additions, neither of whom was a forensic serologist or a pigment expert.

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