serum sickness

noun

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

Examples of serum sickness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other reported effects may include fever, shortness of breath, weakness, vomiting, chills, low blood pressure, and even a challenging condition called serum sickness, in which an overactive immune response leads to fever, rash, and joint swelling. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, 5 Oct. 2020 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 21 Jul. 2024.

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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