hyperimmune

adjective

hy·​per·​im·​mune ˌhī-pər-i-ˈmyün How to pronounce hyperimmune (audio)
variants or less commonly hyper-immune
: having, exhibiting, or providing an unusual degree of immunity
hyperimmune swine
especially : containing exceptionally large quantities of an antibody against a specific antigen, pathogen, or disease
promoted passive immunity with administration of tetanus hyperimmune globulin
hyperimmune serum produced by serial inoculation of rabbits

Examples of hyperimmune in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hyperimmune drug is made from the liquid component of blood, or plasma, which contains antibodies. Joseph Walker, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hyperimmune was in 1904

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“Hyperimmune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperimmune. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

hyperimmune

adjective
hy·​per·​im·​mune ˌhī-pə-rim-ˈyün How to pronounce hyperimmune (audio)
variants also hyper-immune
: having, exhibiting, or providing an unusual degree of immunization
hyperimmune swine
: as
a
of a serum : containing exceptionally large quantities of an antibody
hyperimmune serum produced by serial inoculations
b
of an antibody : having the characteristics of a blocking antibody
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