Definition of serotype in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪərə(ʊ)tʌɪp/


A serologically distinguishable strain of a microorganism.
Example sentences
  • Each vaccine contains 23 purified pneumococcal capsular polysaccharides of S. pneumoniae serotypes.
  • Among the 102 non pregnant women in the present study, multiple serotypes were detected in 21.6 per cent.
  • The serotypes were identified according to the chart provided by the manufacturers along with the kit.


[with object]
Assign (a microorganism) to a particular serotype: most investigators have made no attempt to serotype the ureaplasmas isolated
More example sentences
  • The STEC isolates were serotyped at the E. coli Reference Center (Pennsylvania State University, University Park).
  • Of the 143 patients with acute otitis media due to S. pneumoniae, 141 isolates were serotyped and 140 confirmed.
  • However, when multiple GBS colonies were picked and serotyped, this concordance decreased to 80 per cent.



Pronunciation: /ˌsɪərə(ʊ)ˈtɪpɪk/
Example sentences
  • Immune sera from some Cambodian refugees contain functional serotypic antibodies that inhibit invasion of erythrocytes by the Camp strain but not by the FCR-3 strain of Plasmodium falciparum.
  • In this electropherotype group also the majority of serotypically mixed samples, particularly in 12 (86%) of 14 samples were found.

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