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Bordet's early studies showed that antimicrobic sera include two active substances, one existing before immunization, known as alexine, and the other a specific antibody created by vaccination: he developed a method of diagnosing microbes by sera.
_Complement_ (or alexine) is a thermo-labile readily oxidised body present in variable but unalterable amount in the normal serum of every animal.
This property of the serum was described as due to a substance in the serum called _alexine_, which in the immune animal became greatly increased in amount.
In the third group, the anti-substance, after it has combined with the antigen, leads to the union of a third body called _complement_ (_alexine_ or _cytase_ of