A titer is a measurement of the amount or concentration of a substance in a solution. It usually refers to the amount of antibodies found in a person's blood.
Blood titer measurements can help determine medical treatment. Antibody titers show if a person is immune to diseases such as measles, chickenpox, or hepatitis. They can also help measure harmful antibodies related to lupus.
A titer measurement is expressed as a ratio, such as 1:40.
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