serum albumin

noun

: a crystallizable albumin or mixture of albumins that normally constitutes more than half of the protein in blood serum and serves to maintain the osmotic pressure of the blood

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Human serum albumin is used in everything from vaccines to cell culture. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 1 Nov. 2011 The first, known as the nutritional hypothesis, proposes that miRNAs are just convenient packages of nutrients—much like one of breast milk’s major proteins, serum albumin—that are broken down in the gut. Tien Nguyen, Scientific American, 17 June 2020 Another possibility is a Novichok conjugate of serum albumin, the most abundant protein in blood. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, 8 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of serum albumin was in 1879

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“Serum albumin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serum%20albumin. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

serum albumin

noun
: a crystallizable albumin or mixture of albumins that normally constitutes more than half of the protein in blood serum, that serves to maintain the osmotic pressure of the blood, and that is used in transfusions especially for the treatment of shock

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