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Princeton's WordNet

  1. serum sickness, serum diseasenoun

    a delayed allergic reaction to the injection of an antiserum caused by an antibody reaction to an antigen in the donor serum


  1. serum sicknessnoun

    An allergylike reaction to proteins in antiserum derived from animal sources.


  1. serum sickness

    Serum sickness is a type of delayed immune response that occurs a week to 10 days after exposure to certain medications or antiserum (a component of blood containing antibodies), used to treat infections, venomous bites, or other conditions. It occurs when the immune system wrongly identifies these proteins as potentially harmful substances, leading to an immune response characterized by symptoms like fever, rash, joint pain, swelling, and sometimes kidney damage.


  1. Serum sickness

    Serum sickness in humans is a reaction to proteins in antiserum derived from a non-human animal source, occurring 4–10 days after exposure. It is a type of hypersensitivity, specifically immune complex hypersensitivity. The term serum sickness–like reaction is occasionally used to refer to similar illnesses that arise from the introduction of certain non-protein substances. It was first characterized by Clemens von Pirquet and Béla Schick in 1906.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Serum Sickness

    Immune complex disease caused by the administration of foreign serum or serum proteins and characterized by fever, lymphadenopathy, arthralgia, and urticaria. When they are complexed to protein carriers, some drugs can also cause serum sickness when they act as haptens inducing antibody responses.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of serum sickness in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of serum sickness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4


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