gamma globulin

noun

1
: a protein fraction of blood rich in antibodies
2
: a sterile solution of gamma globulin from pooled human blood administered especially for passive immunity against measles, German measles, infectious hepatitis, or polio

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Convalescent plasma or gamma globulin — antibodies distilled from the blood of healthy donors — may also help immunocompromised people, although a version of the latter that includes antibodies to the coronavirus is still months from availability. Apoorva Mandavilli New York Times, Star Tribune, 22 Apr. 2021 That included infusions of gamma globulin every three weeks. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2021 If treated promptly, with fever-reducing drugs and intravenous gamma globulin — which contains antibodies from blood plasma — Kawasaki disease usually has few long-term effects. Matt Schudel, BostonGlobe.com, 15 June 2020 Jessica received monthly gamma globulin infusions for the last three years. Nancy Coltun Webster, Post-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gamma globulin was in 1937

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“Gamma globulin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gamma%20globulin. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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Medical Definition

gamma globulin

noun
1
a
: a protein fraction of blood rich in antibodies
b
: a sterile solution of gamma globulin from pooled human blood administered especially for passive immunity against measles, German measles, hepatitis A, or polio
2
: any of numerous globulins of blood plasma or serum that have less electrophoretic mobility at alkaline pH than serum albumins, alpha globulins, or beta globulins and that include most antibodies

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