Serum vs Gel - What's the difference?

serum | gel |

As a noun serum

is serum.

As an initialism gel is

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(wikipedia serum)


  • The clear yellowish fluid obtained upon separating whole blood into its solid and liquid components after it has been allowed to clot. Also called blood serum.
  • Blood serum from the tissues of immunized animals, containing antibodies and used to transfer immunity to another individual, called antiserum.
  • A watery fluid from animal tissue, especially one that moistens the surface of serous membranes or that is exuded by such membranes when they become inflamed, such as in edema or a blister.
  • The watery portion of certain animal fluids, as blood, milk, etc; whey.
  • (skincare) An intensive moisturising product to be applied after cleansing but before a general moisturiser.
  • Derived terms

    * antiserum * blood serum * immune serum * serous * serum sickness * truth serum



    (wikipedia gel)

    Etymology 1

    Coined by in the mid 19th century as a clipping of (gelatin), from (etyl)


  • A semi-solid to almost solid colloid of a solid and a liquid, such as jelly, cheese or opal.
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  • Any gel intended for a particular cosmetic use, such as for styling the hair.
  • Derived terms
    * aerogel * hair gel * hydrogel * shower gel * silica gel * xerogel
    See also
    For more information on classification of colloids, see Wikipedia article on (colloid)s


  • To apply (cosmetic) gel to (the hair, etc).
  • To become a gel.
  • To develop a rapport.
  • See also

    * aerosol * colloid * emulsion * foam * sol

    Etymology 2

    Imitative of upper-class British pronunciation of (girl).


    (en noun)
  • (British) A girl.
  • Anagrams

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