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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Serum  \Se"rum\  (s[=e]"r[u^]m),  n.  [L.,  akin  to  Gr  ???,  Skr. 
  s[=a]ra  curd.]  (Physiol.) 
  a  The  watery  portion  of  certain  animal  fluids,  as  blood, 
  milk,  etc 
  b  A  thin  watery  fluid,  containing  more  or  less  albumin, 
  secreted  by  the  serous  membranes  of  the  body,  such  as  the 
  pericardium  and  peritoneum. 
 
  {Blood  serum},  the  pale  yellowish  fluid  which  exudes  from  the 
  clot  formed  in  the  coagulation  of  the  blood;  the  liquid 
  portion  of  the  blood,  after  removal  of  the  blood 
  corpuscles  and  the  fibrin. 
 
  {Muscle  serum},  the  thin  watery  fluid  which  separates  from 
  the  muscles  after  coagulation  of  the  muscle  plasma;  the 
  watery  portion  of  the  plasma.  See  {Muscle  plasma},  under 
  {Plasma}. 
 
  {Serum  albumin}  (Physiol.  Chem.),  an  albuminous  body,  closely 
  related  to  egg  albumin,  present  in  nearly  all  serous 
  fluids;  esp.,  the  albumin  of  blood  serum. 
 
  {Serum  globulin}  (Physiol.  Chem.),  paraglobulin. 
 
  {Serum  of  milk}  (Physiol.  Chem.),  the  whey,  or  fluid  portion 
  of  milk,  remaining  after  removal  of  the  casein  and  fat. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  serum 
  n  :  any  watery  animal  fluid  [syn:  {plasma},  {plasm}] 




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