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A donor in general is a person who donates something voluntarily. Usually used to represent a form of pure altruism but sometimes used when the payment for a service is recognised by all parties as representing less than the value of the donation and that the motivation is altruistic. In business law, a donor is someone who is giving the gift, and a donee the person receiving the gift.
In medical science
Often the word is used as a shorter term for:
- Blood donor
- Electron donor — (by analogy) a technical term in chemistry and semiconductor physics (see also the next entry)
- Donor (semiconductors)
- Organ donor
- Sperm donor
- Egg donor
- Donor portrait, portrait of the person who paid for a painting, typically in a church
- Donor (fairy tale) is a stock character of fairy tales
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