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 (ăn′tē-vĕn′ĭn, ăn′tī-)
1. An antitoxin active against the venom of a snake, spider, or other venomous animal or insect.
2. An animal serum containing antivenins. It is used in medicine to treat poisoning caused by animal or insect venom.


(ˌæntɪˈvɛnɪn) or


(Pharmacology) an antitoxin that counteracts a specific venom, esp snake venom
[C19: from anti- + ven(om) + -in]


(ˌæn tiˈvɛn ɪn, ˌæn taɪ-)

also an•ti•ven•om

(-ˈvɛn əm)

an antitoxin that counteracts venom, as from snakebite, obtained from the serum of a large animal that has had a series of controlled venom injections: used for treating victims of venomous bites.


1. an antidote for venom, as snake venom, formed by gradually increased injection of the venom into the bloodstream.
2. the serum containing this antidote.
See also: Remedies
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.antivenin - an antitoxin that counteracts the effects of venom from the bite of a snake or insect or other animalantivenin - an antitoxin that counteracts the effects of venom from the bite of a snake or insect or other animal
antitoxin - an antibody that can neutralize a specific toxin

antivenin, antivenom

n antiveneno
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