Meaning of serum in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɪərəm/

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nounsera/ˈsɪərə/ , serums

mass noun
  • 1An amber-coloured, protein-rich liquid which separates out when blood coagulates.

    ‘the researchers examined blood serum obtained from 471 men and women’
    • ‘sera were stored at −20°C until tested’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Blood was withdrawn from the carotid artery and the sera were separated for each study.’
    • ‘Acute and convalescent sera were obtained 4 weeks apart.’
    • ‘Normal human sera were obtained from healthy individuals.’
    • ‘The sera were stored at - 20°C without any preservative.’
    • ‘Earlier studies found that pregnant pigs vaccinated against bacterial intimin developed antibodies against it in their sera and colostrum.’
    • ‘The percentage antibody prevalence was calculated using the ratio of positive sera to the total sera tested in each age group.’
    • ‘I took those sera down to Melbourne with me and tested them to see if any of them had antibody to this newly discovered tick typhus organism.’
    • ‘The sera used in this study correspond to bleeds obtained after four boosts with the same antigen.’
    • ‘Furthermore, antibodies to the region II domain of the protein are commonly detected in sera from individuals in endemic populations.’
    • ‘The femoral marrow cells were flushed out with fetal bovine serum and smeared on clean slides.’
    • ‘Normal human sera were obtained from healthy individuals.’
    • ‘The preimmune serum was collected 1 week before the first inoculation.’
    • ‘No staining was detected when the preimmune serum was used as a negative control.’
    • ‘Controls included omitting the primary antibody, using control rabbit serum as primary antibody, and omitting the secondary antibody.’
    • ‘Pooled control sera had been collected from 321 adults positive to a few molds/microbes.’
    • ‘The test liquid was said to approximate the surface tension of human serum.’
    • ‘So far, Herman has tested his hypoallergenic soybean with human sera and in sensitive animals.’
  • 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 snakes’
    • ‘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’.