Definition of universal recipient in US English:

universal recipient


  • A person of blood group AB, who can in theory receive donated blood of any ABO blood group.

    • ‘Type AB is the universal recipient because its antibodies can accept A, B, AB, or O.’
    • ‘Type O is considered a universal donor, and Type AB is considered a universal recipient.’
    • ‘Group AB are universal recipients because they can accept blood from anyone.’
    • ‘I've got AB + blood which is rare, so though I am a universal recipient personally, the need for my type of blood is always high.’