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

Definition of immunoglobulin

: antibody The glycoproteins produced by B-cells, called antibodies or immunoglobulins, recognize and bind free antigens and are responsible for humoral immunity …— Haruo Saito et al. abbreviation Ig

Examples of immunoglobulin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After this he was treated with standard Kawasaki therapy -- immunoglobulin and aspirin -- and because of his MIS-C diagnosis, cortisone. Valentina Di Donato, CNN, "How a Kawasaki-like syndrome left this 6-year-old fighting for his life on a ventilator," 25 May 2020 Researchers are also studying the use of prepackaged plasma, called intravenous immunoglobulin, in COVID patients. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "Antivirals, anti-inflammatory drugs and prepackaged plasma: A look at the therapies being developed to combat the new coronavirus," 18 May 2020 One way is the use of intravenous immunoglobulin, or IVIG, which is a mix of antibodies given through a vein to help calm down the inflammation. Essence, "A New Way Coronavirus Might Be Showing Up In Children," 21 May 2020 Doctors have had success treating children with this condition with supportive care and intravenous immunoglobulin, according to a bulletin from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana gets first case of mysterious coronavirus-linked illness that targets children," 18 May 2020 Many doctors are treating it similarly to Kawasaki disease, with intravenous immunoglobulin, Dr. Greenhow says. Molly Longman,, "What Pediatricians Want Parents To Know About A COVID-19-Related Illness Affecting Kids," 15 May 2020 One, for instance, had received a treatment of immunoglobulin, which may have interfered with the antibody test. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "COVID-19 linked to 30-fold increase in rare childhood inflammatory disease," 14 May 2020 One fortuitous similarity, though, is that both can be treated effectively, usually with intravenous immunoglobulin and sometimes steroids, followed by aspirin. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "'Almost all the kids are treatable': What parents should know about new COVID-related inflammatory disease," 13 May 2020 Some of these neutralizing antibodies, made of a protein called immunoglobulin, may come from the blood of patients who have already cleared the virus. Michael Waldholz, Scientific American, "Three Ways to Make Coronavirus Drugs in a Hurry," 12 May 2020

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First Known Use of immunoglobulin

1953, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jun 2020

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“Immunoglobulin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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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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