serum sickness

noun

Definition of serum sickness

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

First Known Use of serum sickness

circa 1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Serum sickness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serum%20sickness. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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serum sickness

noun

Medical Definition of serum sickness

: 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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