serum sickness

noun

: an allergic reaction to the injection of foreign serum manifested by hives, swelling, eruption, arthritis, and fever

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The antibodies would be Friede’s—fully human and unlikely to induce serum sickness, a problem with most existing antivenoms. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, 16 May 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of serum sickness was circa 1913

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

Medical Definition

serum sickness

noun
: an allergic reaction to the injection of foreign serum manifested by hives, swelling, eruption, arthritis, and fever

called also serum disease

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