an·​ti·​ven·​in | \ ˌan-tē-ˈve-nən How to pronounce antivenin (audio) , ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antivenin (audio) \

Definition of antivenin

: an antitoxin to a venom also : an antiserum containing such antitoxin

Examples of antivenin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One reason for these large numbers is that every venom needs a specific antivenin to treat it. The Economist, 30 Dec. 2020 As a rule, says Voegeli, treatment with antivenin is required in only the most serious cases. Tom Davis, Field & Stream, 18 June 2020 All poisonous and venomous animals are prohibited, with the exception of live scorpions, provided those scorpions are intended for use in medical research or the production of antivenin. Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2020 When a test came back positive for rattlesnake venom, the vet gave her antivenin, then placed her in a crate to rest. Tom Davis, Field & Stream, 18 June 2020 Doctors at Chickasaw gave me six vials of antivenin before deciding to transfer me again—this time to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, which was a two-hour drive. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, 23 July 2014 Most bites are fatal unless Polyvalent, an antivenin medication, is injected in the first six hours. Sameer Yasir, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2019 But his family could not call an ambulance or find the antivenin. Sameer Yasir, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2019 Now, CroFab faces competition from a snake antivenin called Anavip. Kaiser Health News,, 18 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of antivenin

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Antivenin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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an·​ti·​ven·​in | \ -ˈven-ən How to pronounce antivenin (audio) \

Medical Definition of antivenin

: an antitoxin to a venom also : an antiserum containing such an antitoxin

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