universal donor


: a person with blood group O blood which can be donated to any recipient
also : the blood of such a person

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web If his vital signs budged, type O negative blood—the universal donor—would have to go in. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, 22 Oct. 2011 Luckily, there is a universal donor that can be used on everyone. Caitlin Mclean, USA TODAY, 21 Sep. 2022 According to the American Red Cross, O negative blood is the universal donor. Caitlin Mclean, USA TODAY, 21 Sep. 2022 Cheryl and Bobbie didn’t have the same blood type; however, as Type O, Cheryl was a universal donor. Stephanie Mansfield, Good Housekeeping, 11 Aug. 2022 Type A blood converted to universal donor blood with help from bacterial enzymes Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, 14 June 2019 Blood drive Friday at veterans center A universal donor blood drive in honor of Beverly Woyton with the San Diego Blood Bank is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Veterans Association of North County, 1617 Mission Ave. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 June 2019 In fact, already all of our pigs are blood type O, which is a universal donor type. Christian Bourge, Popular Mechanics, 30 July 2013 The search for a donor was complicated by his blood type, O Positive, which makes him a universal donor, but only able to receive a kidney from a person with his blood type. Patrick Martin, chicagotribune.com, 4 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of universal donor was in 1920

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“Universal donor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/universal%20donor. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

universal donor

: a person with blood group O blood which can be donated to any recipient

Medical Definition

universal donor

: a person who has Rh-negative blood of the blood group O and whose blood can be donated to any recipient
broadly : a person with blood group O blood
: the blood or blood group of a universal donor
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