from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An antitoxin active against the venom of a snake, spider, or other venomous animal or insect.
- n. An animal serum containing antivenins. It is used in medicine to treat poisoning caused by animal or insect venom.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An antitoxin for treating bites from venomous animals as such as snakes and spiders.
- n. A serum containing antivenins.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The serum of blood rendered antitoxic to a venom by repeated injections of small doses of the venom; also, the component of such a serum which is antitoxic to the venom.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as antivenene.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an antitoxin that counteracts the effects of venom from the bite of a snake or insect or other animal
Ants endowed with a compulsion to chew through grass stems at a particular height, snakes engineered to create antivenin in a mammalian-derived sheath, beetles gifted with digestive enzymes that converted discarded plastics into chitin.
Those patients lucky enough to have survived the sting will receive a rapid IV administration of the antivenin. 4 Anaphylaxis can occur with administration of the sheep derived antivenin (available for primary use against the Chironex fleckeri).
These adverse events often included anaphylactoid reactions (23 percent) and serum sickness (50 percent) .1 Although most adverse events did not result in mortality when treated with appropriate medication, such complications are problematic and fueled the development of a less immunogenic antivenin.
Biotechnological advances resulted in a new antivenin that proports to be less immunogenic than the standard antivenin.
In attempt to address these issues, Protherics Inc. developed a fragmented antivenin that only utilizes the Fab fragment of the antibody.
Until recently, all venomous snakebites in the United States have been treated with this whole IgG antivenin.
Doctors helicoptered antivenin serum in from the National Zoo.
Dr. Jeff Mullen with the Seven Hills Veterinary Clinic said his office usually sees or two cases each season but they've handled five cases this month and have had to order additional antivenin.
If possible, call the hospital so antivenin can be ready when you arrive.
Coral snake venom was nothing to take lightly, but, under ordinary circumstances, the prognosis was good provided the correct antivenin was administered in time.