blood group

noun

Definition of blood group

: one of the classes (such as those designated A, B, AB, or O) into which individuals or their blood can be separated on the basis of the presence or absence of specific antigens in the blood

called also blood type

Examples of blood group in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nurses neglected to tell them O-negative blood can be given to patients of any blood group. Max Bearak, BostonGlobe.com, "Kenya’s blood banks are running dry after the US ended aid — and a baby’s life is at risk," 1 Feb. 2020 Nurses neglected to tell them O-negative blood can be given to patients of any blood group. Washington Post, "Kenya’s blood banks are running dry after the U.S. ended aid — and a baby’s life is at risk," 30 Jan. 2020 Beginning in the 1950s, Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza started formalizing the study of genetic differences among populations by examining distinct blood group proteins. Gary Stix, Scientific American, "Traces of a Distant Past," 1 Nov. 2012 That is why single genetic mutations can have major repercussions such as organ system deformities, or minor ones such as creating a different blood group. Quanta Magazine, "How the DNA Computer Program Makes You and Me," 5 Apr. 2018 The waiting list for a kidney transplant for a type A blood group is four to six years. Fox News, "Garden sign seeking kidney donor yields 30 volunteers," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of blood group

1916, in the meaning defined above

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16 Feb 2020

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“Blood group.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blood%20group. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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blood group

noun

Medical Definition of blood group

: one of the classes (as A, B, AB, or O) into which individual vertebrates and especially human beings or their blood can be separated on the basis of the presence or absence of specific antigens in the blood

called also blood type

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