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serum meaning

[ 'siərəm ] Pronunciation:   "serum" in a sentence
  • Noun: serum (serums,sera)  si(u)rum
    1. An amber, watery fluid, rich in proteins, that separates out when blood coagulates
      - blood serum

    Derived forms: sera, serums

    See also: serous

    Type of: bodily fluid, body fluid, humor [US], humour [Brit, Cdn], liquid body substance

    Part of: blood

    Encyclopedia: Serum


  • [Medicine]
    The clear portion of BLOOD that is left after BLOOD COAGULATION to remove BLOOD CELLS and clotting proteins. n pl serums or se·ra : the watery portion of an animal fluid remaining after coagulation:
    a (1) : the clear yellowish fluid that remains from blood plasma after fibrinogen, prothrombin, and other clotting factors have been removed by clot formation —called also blood serum (2) : ANTISERUM
    b : a normal or pathological serous fluid (as in a blister)
    2serum
    adj : occurring or found in the serum of the blood ‹serum cholesterol› ‹serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transminase›

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  1. one profile was obtained for whole serum.
  2. serum bilirubin levels are elevated.
  3. in a word, serum hepatitis was also infectious.
  4. antibodies were part of the r-globulin fraction of serum.
  5. the only available hyperimmune serum was of equine origin.

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