blood plasma


Definition of blood plasma

: the pale yellow fluid of whole blood that consists of water and its dissolved constituents including especially proteins (such as albumin, fibrinogen, and globulins)

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Recent Examples on the Web Sites that are already prepared to deliver blood plasma for these diseases would be ready to go to treat COVID-19. David Sullivan, Fortune, "COVID vaccines won’t come fast enough to save struggling businesses. But plasma might," 23 Nov. 2020 After his run-in with coronavirus, Saban has become an advocate for donating blood plasma. J.d. Crowe |, al, "Nick Saban’s rehab for coaches now includes his plasma - and hope for Gus Malzahn," 16 Dec. 2020 Given this blood plasma comes packed with antibodies, which tag germ invaders like the coronavirus for destruction, this therapy has long served as a simple way to share immunity. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Blood plasma touted as COVID-19 breakthrough. But does it work?," 24 Aug. 2020 Earlier this week, Trump suggested that health and science officials inside the administration were delaying an emergency measure to expand access to blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors as a treatment. Ros Krasny,, "President Trump, without evidence, accuses ‘deep state, or whoever’ at the FDA of delaying vaccine trials to affect November election," 22 Aug. 2020 At that point, convalescent plasma — collected blood plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and have developed antibodies — was ordered. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "A mom's nightmare: Her autistic son had to fight COVID-19 alone in the hospital," 30 Nov. 2020 But given how the FDA has handled hydroxychloroquine and now blood plasma, the agency could do everything right with a vaccine and the decision might still seem suspect. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The ‘Emergency Use’ Loophole," 26 Aug. 2020 Scientists at Bay Area universities, laboratories, biotechnology companies and drug manufacturers are fashioning drug concoctions out of blood plasma, chimpanzee viruses and cells taken from bone marrow in the race to rid the world of COVID-19. Peter Fimrite,, "Coronavirus treatments and vaccines. Here are the latest developments," 29 Nov. 2020 No one owns intellectual property for blood plasma. David Sullivan, Fortune, "COVID vaccines won’t come fast enough to save struggling businesses. But plasma might," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of blood plasma

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blood plasma was in 1842

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3 Mar 2021

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“Blood plasma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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Medical Definition of blood plasma

: the pale yellow fluid portion of whole blood that consists of water and its dissolved constituents including proteins (as albumin, fibrinogen, and globulins), electrolytes (as sodium and chloride), sugars (as glucose), lipids (as cholesterol and triglycerides), metabolic waste products (as urea), amino acids, hormones, and vitamins — compare serum entry 1 sense a(1)

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