: carried or transmitted by the blood
a blood-borne disease
blood-borne pathogens

Examples of blood-borne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And it was not established that HIV was blood-borne until the first deaths of haemophiliacs in 1982. The Week Uk, theweek, 10 Feb. 2024 In most cases, the story ends there, with the person at the receiving end of spillover never infecting anyone else, often because the virus was initially blood-borne and had never mutated into an easily spreadable respiratory disease. Larry Brilliant, Foreign Affairs, 20 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blood-borne was in 1885

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“Blood-borne.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blood-borne. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

blood-borne

adjective
: carried or transmitted by the blood
a blood-borne disease
blood-borne pathogens
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