an·​ti·​ven·​om | \ ˌan-tē-ˈve-nəm How to pronounce antivenom (audio) , ˌan-ˌtī- \

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Recent Examples on the Web However, patients can be treated for their bites using antivenom created for other snakes' venom. Dustin Barnes, USA TODAY, "A venomous snake — with no known antivenom — bites San Diego Zoo employee," 13 Apr. 2021 There is no antivenom for the African bush viper, and bites can cause fevers or internal bleeding, which can be fatal. Wilson Wong, NBC News, "Venomous viper bites worker at San Diego Zoo," 13 Apr. 2021 The 13 deaths attributed to funnel-webs are all chalked up to males of the Sydney species, but the deaths came to an abrupt halt once an effective antivenom was developed in 1981. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Deadly Spiders Evolved Venom to Safely Search for Love," 25 Sep. 2020 Even the United States, with its advanced medical science and robust pharmaceutical industry, has experienced occasional antivenom shortages. Myles Karp, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Lab Saving the World From Snake Bites," 21 Oct. 2020 There is some hope, in the form of a promising new antivenom that can treat the bites of at least 18 African snake species, Nicolon reports in National Geographic’s December issue. Lara Jackson, National Geographic, "The deadly thing about snakes," 19 Nov. 2020 Only a handful of people ever stung, but, quite unfortunately, there is no antivenom. Daniel Jameson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Dangerous Animals in the World," 25 Nov. 2020 Her blood pressure dropped to near zero multiple times on the flight before she was given antivenom. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "The 12 Deadliest Insects in the World," 19 Oct. 2020 The countries that lack the capacity to manufacture antivenom are the most at risk. Mike Ives, New York Times, "This Urban Safari Comes With a Warning: Watch Out for Snakes," 15 Oct. 2020

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1904, in the meaning defined above

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23 Apr 2021

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“Antivenom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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