im·​mu·​no·​glob·​u·​lin | \ ˌi-myə-nō-ˈglä-byə-lən How to pronounce immunoglobulin (audio) , i-ˌmyü-nō-\

Definition of immunoglobulin

: antibody abbreviation Ig

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Doctors would soon discover a baffling set of other medical conditions, including a hormone deficiency that slowed Bo’s growth and an inadequate supply of immunoglobulin A, a critical protein that helps combat infections. Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times, "Charity becomes a lifeline even for Americans with health insurance as deductibles soar," 4 Aug. 2019 To prevent infection, the children needed to receive MMR shots within 72 hours, and young babies would have to be given immunoglobulin, a form of temporary protection, within six days. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Fear, Misinformation, and Measles Spread in Brooklyn," 24 June 2019 After growing bacteria with these mutant genes and isolating the proteins, Sun’s team determined the importance of GB1’s amino acids by seeing which mutants bound most tightly to its natural target, human immunoglobulin G antibodies. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Mutant genes could supercharge efforts to decipher protein structures," 18 June 2019 Now, Steel had to get another shot — actually two shots of immunoglobulin, a substance that boosts the immune system and, in the best-case scenario, wards off measles. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "Fear, resentment — and more demand for vaccines as one Washington county grapples with measles outbreak," 1 Apr. 2019 Thick and syrupy, immunoglobulin moves slowly through needles. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "Fear, resentment — and more demand for vaccines as one Washington county grapples with measles outbreak," 1 Apr. 2019 Zoe is back home now, her parents familiar with another medical term, IVIG, for intravenous immunoglobulin, a blood product prepared from the serum of between 1,000 and 15,000 donors per batch. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Mysterious paralyzing illness leaves Washington families reeling," 19 Oct. 2018 The only blood component for which donors are paid, plasma is bought by pharmaceutical companies to make products like intravenous immunoglobulin, used to fight immune deficiencies. Laura Landro, WSJ, "‘Nine Pints’ Review: The Stuff of Life," 29 Oct. 2018 The baby’s parents declined treatment with a prophylactic immunoglobulin. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Vaccine-refusing community drove outbreak that cost $395K, sickened babies," 30 July 2018

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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im·​mu·​no·​glob·​u·​lin | \ -ˈgläb-yə-lən How to pronounce immunoglobulin (audio) \

Medical Definition of immunoglobulin

: antibody abbreviation Ig

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