noun (plural sera /-rə/ or serums)[mass noun]
- 1An amber-coloured, protein-rich liquid which separates out when blood coagulates: the researchers examined blood serum obtained from 471 heterosexual men and women [count noun]: sera were stored at −20°C until testedMore example sentences
- Blood products, sera, sperm, oocytes and embryos are not included.
- The number of sera from patients whose blood culture grew B. psuedomallei is only 12.
- Blood samples were then obtained and sera tested for HIV and hepatitis.
- 2The blood serum of an animal used to provide immunity to a pathogen or toxin by inoculation or as a diagnostic agent: doctors treated the bites of carpet vipers with serum produced from local snakesMore example sentences
- He was given a cocktail of vaccines within 10 minutes including anti-plague and anthrax serums.
- You could be making a fortune out of the drugs, serums and surgical hardware, and yet you have to stand on the sidelines and watch as US drug companies make a killing.
late 17th century: from Latin, literally 'whey'.
More definitions of serumDefinition of serum in:
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