gamma globulin

noun

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 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, "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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gamma%20globulin. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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gamma globulin

noun

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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