gamma globulin


Definition of gamma globulin

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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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, "Vaccines won't protect millions of patients with crippled immune systems," 22 Apr. 2021 That included infusions of gamma globulin every three weeks. New York Times, "Vaccines Won’t Protect Millions of Patients With Weakened Immune Systems," 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,, "Tomisaku Kawasaki, doctor who identified inflammatory disease in children, dies at 95," 15 June 2020 Jessica received monthly gamma globulin infusions for the last three years. Nancy Coltun Webster, Post-Tribune, "A mother grieves after her daughter's flu-related death: 'She wanted to get married'," 15 Feb. 2018

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1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gamma globulin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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Medical Definition of gamma globulin

1a : 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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