serology

noun

se·​rol·​o·​gy sə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce serology (audio)
si-
: a medical science dealing with blood serum especially in regard to its immunological reactions and properties
also : the testing of blood serum to detect the presence of antibodies against a specific antigen
serological adjective
or serologic
serologically adverb
serologist noun

Examples of serology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's also been a slew of serology studies looking at how the bivalent booster's antibody responses compare with those from the original booster when up against the gamut of currently circulating omicron subvariants. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 27 Jan. 2023 This new definition resolves the arbitrary threshold problem in serology, and allows studies to report the amount of recent population immunity, which is useful for public health decisions. Maciej F. Boni, The Conversation, 3 Mar. 2021 Through the ‘60s and ‘70s, Patton led a bacteriology and serology laboratory before going on to write for the New York Courier. Mckinley Franklin, Variety, 31 May 2023 Authorities used serology tests to detect antibodies, indicating past infection, and found that 98,289 workers had them. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, 15 Dec. 2020 Another 98,289 workers were found positive through serology testing -- which identifies past infections -- contributing to an overall prevalence rate of 47%, according to the Ministry of Manpower. Bloomberg.com, 15 Dec. 2020 Since March, more than 1.4 million diagnostic tests have been completed in Arizona, as well as more than 290,000 serology tests. Cole Lauterbach, Washington Examiner, 1 Oct. 2020 The state Health Department website said both state and private laboratories have completed a total of 288,081 diagnostic tests for COVID-19, and 114,579 serology, or antibody, tests. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, 8 June 2020 Fees for testing at the airport are molecular (PCR) tests with results available on-site within 35 minutes ($200 per test), RAPID antigen tests with results available within 20 minutes ($150 per test), and serology test with results available within 20 minutes ($75 per test). Brooks Sutherland, The Enquirer, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

sero- + -logy, probably after German Serologie

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of serology was in 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Serology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serology. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

serology

noun
se·​rol·​o·​gy si-ˈräl-ə-jē How to pronounce serology (audio)
plural serologies
: a medical science dealing with blood serum especially in regard to its immunological reactions and properties
also : the testing of blood serum to detect the presence of antibodies against a specific antigen

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