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serum sickness

noun, Pathology
1.
a generalized allergic reaction to a foreign serum or drug, characterized by fever, skin rash, enlarged lymph nodes, and painful joints.
Also called serum disease.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15
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  • serum sickness is a delayed type of drug allergy that occurs a week or more after exposure to a medication or vaccine.
British Dictionary definitions for serum sickness

serum sickness

noun
1.
an allergic reaction, such as vomiting, skin rash, etc, that sometimes follows 2-3 weeks after an injection of a foreign serum
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serum sickness in Medicine

serum sickness n.
A hypersensitive reaction to the administration of a foreign serum, marked by fever, swelling, skin rash, and lymph node enlargement. Also called serum disease, serum reaction.

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Encyclopedia Article for serum sickness

an allergic reaction to animal serum or antiserum injected into an individual's blood to provide immunity against such illnesses as tetanus, botulism, and snake-venom poisoning. Symptoms include skin eruption, itching, swelling of the face and extremities, fever, joint pain and sometimes swelling, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting; severe cases may also show neurological symptoms.

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