glob·​u·​lin | \ ˈglä-byə-lən How to pronounce globulin (audio) \

Definition of globulin

: any of a class of simple proteins (such as myosin) that are insoluble in pure water but are soluble in dilute salt solutions and that occur widely in plant and animal tissues — compare alpha globulin, beta globulin, gamma globulin

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Recent Examples on the Web The antibodies in plasma can be concentrated and delivered to patients through a type of drug called immune globulin, or Ig, which can be given through either an IV drip or a shot. oregonlive, "Blood plasma shot might inoculate against coronavirus for months -- so why won’t feds test it?," 11 July 2020 Immune globulin can also provide protection against hepatitis A in instances when a hepatitis A vaccine is not recommended, per the CDC. Leah Groth,, "What to Know About Active Vs. Passive Immunity—And Why Both Matter With COVID-19," 15 Apr. 2020 The therapeutic agents—convalescent plasma and hyperimmune globulin—are both derived from the blood of people who have recovered from the disease, decoctions of the antibodies that the human immune system makes to fight off germs. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Trials of Plasma From Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have Begun," 3 Apr. 2020 Takeda is working on a hyperimmune globulin for the coronavirus drug, meaning there is a higher concentration of antibodies targeting a specific pathogen like a virus. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Drugmaker Takeda Is Working on Coronavirus Drug," 4 Mar. 2020 As a result, Lowry gets intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) treatments every month., "Most read on," 5 Nov. 2019 Rotten eggs smell, well, rotten, because of the abundance of two proteins inside: globulin and keratin. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Bet You Can't Guess What a 1,700-Year-Old Rotten Egg Smells Like," 13 Dec. 2019 The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies-specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. Doug Phillips,, "Raccoon found in Palm Beach County has rabies, health officials say," 2 Dec. 2019 Often referred to as IVIG, intravenous immune globulin is used for a wide variety of medical conditions beyond those for which it was first targeted — some treatments effective and some not. Julie Appleby,, "As off-label use spreads for lifesaving niche drugs, supplies grow scarce, leaving patients in the lurch," 27 Sep. 2019

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1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Globulin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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glob·​u·​lin | \ ˈgläb-yə-lən How to pronounce globulin (audio) \

Medical Definition of globulin

: any of a class of simple proteins (as myosin) that are insoluble in pure water but are soluble in dilute salt solutions and that occur widely in plant and animal tissues — see alpha globulin, beta globulin, gamma globulin

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