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[an-tee-ven-in, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˈvɛn ɪn, ˌæn taɪ-/
an antitoxin present in the blood of an animal following repeated injections of venom.
the antitoxic serum obtained from such blood.
Origin of antivenin
1890-95; earlier antiven(ene) (anti- + venene < Latin venēnum potion, poison; see venom) + -in2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for antivenin
  • Bio-Ken milks snakes for their venom and sends it to labs to develop antivenin.
  • There is no antivenin for a cone snail sting, and treatment is limited to merely keeping victims alive until the toxins wear off.
  • Also called antivenin autoimmune: adjective: having to do with the response of an organism to its own cells, tissues, and organs.
  • The venom is later injected into horses, which produce antivenin for the treatment of snakebites in humans.
British Dictionary definitions for antivenin


an antitoxin that counteracts a specific venom, esp snake venom
Word Origin
C19: from anti- + ven(om) + -in
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Word Origin and History for antivenin

1894, from anti- + venin, from venom + chemical suffix -in (2). Perhaps immediately from French antivenin.

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antivenin in Medicine

antivenin an·ti·ven·in (ān'tē-věn'ĭn, ān'tī-)
An antitoxin active against venom.

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antivenin in Science
  (ān'tē-věn'ĭn, ān'tī-)   
  1. An antitoxin active against the venom of a snake, spider, or other venomous animal or insect.

  2. An animal serum containing antivenins, used in medicine to treat poisoning caused by animal or insect venom.

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