seroconversion

noun

se·​ro·​con·​ver·​sion ˌsir-ō-kən-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce seroconversion (audio)
-shən
: the production of antibodies in response to an antigen
seroconvert intransitive verb

Examples of seroconversion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vaccine’s trial data has been promising so far, showing that most participants had a four-fold increase in antibodies after getting the first round of the vaccine (seroconversion). Nick Blackmer, Verywell Health, 24 Jan. 2024 Here in the Gulf, seroconversion rates are still alarmingly high; seeking care is still stigmatized. Grant Sutton, Vulture, 28 Oct. 2022 Putrino also noted that antibody tests have not performed as well as expected and that some patients did not experience seroconversion with COVID-19. Bymichael Depeau-Wilson | Medpage Today, ABC News, 20 July 2022 The team was looking for seroconversion, or the appearance of antibodies in the blood as evidence of infection. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 13 Jan. 2022 The seroconversion rate detects whether the vaccine produces COVID-19 antibodies—meaning the vaccine triggered antibodies in 97% of trial volunteers who received it—but doesn't necessarily prove that the vaccine protects against COVID-19. Fortune, 8 Dec. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

sero- + conversion

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seroconversion was in 1963

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Cite this Entry

“Seroconversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seroconversion. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

seroconversion

noun
se·​ro·​con·​ver·​sion ˌsir-ō-kən-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce seroconversion (audio) ˌser-ō- How to pronounce seroconversion (audio)
: the production of antibodies in response to an antigen
seroconvert intransitive verb
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