an·​ti·​ven·​in ˌan-tē-ˈve-nən How to pronounce antivenin (audio) ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antivenin (audio)
: an antitoxin to a venom
also : an antiserum containing such antitoxin

Examples of antivenin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The antivenin that is made isn’t always well distributed. Kamala Thiagarajan, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2023 First, producing antivenins for India’s different regions is difficult. Kamala Thiagarajan, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2023 Their bite is extremely painful and, but luckily, an antivenin (a.k.a. anti-venom, or an injection given to boost antibodies against a particular poison) now exists. Emilia Benton, Women's Health, 30 June 2023 The pros at the hospital can identify the venom by its effects and choose the proper antivenin based on that. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 10 Apr. 2023 Wild-Caught Snakes CroFab^® is the only commercially available antivenin indicated for the management of patients envenomated by the North American crotalid family of snakes, which includes rattlesnakes, copperheads and cottonmouths/water moccasins. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 22 June 2016 The items on his manifesto include exporting dog meat and harvesting snake venom to make antivenin. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2022 At the hospital he was treated with antivenin, KDVR reported. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 14 July 2022 The law says the owner must have an escape plan if the animal escapes, including the location of a suitable antivenin. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 7 July 2021

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First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of antivenin was in 1895

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“Antivenin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


an·​ti·​ven·​in ˌant-i-ˈven-ən How to pronounce antivenin (audio)
: a serum containing an antitoxin to a poison of an animal (as a snake)

Medical Definition


an·​ti·​ven·​in -ˈven-ən How to pronounce antivenin (audio)
: an antitoxin to a venom
also : an antiserum containing such an antitoxin

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