serous 1590s, "of or pertaining to serum," from Fr. séreux (16c.), from L. serosus, from serum "watery fluid, whey" (see SERUM (Cf. serum)).

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(as parts of animal fluids), ,

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  • Serous — Se rous, a. [Cf. F. s[ e]reux. See {Serum}.] (Physiol.) (a) Thin; watery; like serum; as, the serous fluids. (b) Of or pertaining to serum; as, the serous glands, membranes, layers. See {Serum}. [1913 Webster] {Serous membrane}. (Anat.) See under …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • serous — [sir′əs] adj. [MFr séreux < serum < L: see SERUM] 1. of or containing serum 2. like serum; thin and watery …   English World dictionary

  • serous — Relating to, containing, or producing serum or a substance having a watery consistency. * * * se·rous sir əs adj of, relating to, producing, or resembling serum esp having a thin watery constitution <a serous exudate> * * * adj. 1. relating …   Medical dictionary

  • serous — adj. of or like or producing serum; watery. Phrases and idioms: serous gland (or membrane) a gland or membrane with a serous secretion. Derivatives: serosity n. Etymology: F seacutereux or med.L serosus (as SERUM) …   Useful english dictionary

  • serous — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin serosus, from Latin serum Date: 15th century of, relating to, or resembling serum; especially of thin watery constitution < a serous exudate > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • serous — adj. [L. serum, whey] Secreting a watery, colorless serum …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • serous — serosity /si ros i tee/, serousness, n. /sear euhs/, adj. 1. resembling serum; of a watery nature. 2. containing or secreting serum. 3. of, pertaining to, or characterized by serum. [1585 95; < ML serosus; see SERUM, OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • serous — adjective Containing, secreting, or resembling serum; watery; a fluid or discharge that is pale yellow and transparent, usually representing something of a benign nature. (This contrasts with the term sanguine, which means blood tinged and… …   Wiktionary

  • serous — Synonyms and related words: bloody, chylifactive, chylifactory, chylific, excretory, humoral, ichorous, lachrymal, lachrymose, lacrimatory, lactational, lacteal, lacteous, phlegmy, purulent, pussy, rheumy, salivant, salivary, salivous, sanious,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • serous — se·rous || sɪrÉ™s / sɪərÉ™s adj. of or pertaining to serum; having a thin and watery consistency like serum …   English contemporary dictionary

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