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[wah-ser-muh n; German vahs-uh r-mahn] /ˈwɑ sər mən; German ˈvɑs ərˌmɑn/
August von
[ou-goo st fuh n] /ˈaʊ gʊst fən/ (Show IPA),
1866–1925, German physician and bacteriologist.
[yah-kawp] /ˈyɑ kɔp/ (Show IPA),
1873–1934, German novelist. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Wassermann
Historical Examples
  • The theory that marriages should be made in the laboratory; the Wassermann test for love.

    A Book of Burlesques

    H. L. Mencken
  • The most recent one—the Wassermann test—is not absolute by any means.

  • There were no symptoms of any kind and the Wassermann test was negative.


    William J. Robinson
  • He was further asked if he was familiar with the Wassermann reaction.

  • The prevailing idea is to demand a negative Wassermann test.

    The Third Great Plague John H. Stokes
  • Imagine estimating philosophers by their chest expansions, their blood pressures, their Wassermann reactions!

    Damn! Henry Louis Mencken
  • Three men—Wassermann, Ehrlich, and Noguchi—have supplied the knowledge whereby the evil may be attacked.

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • If man would pace his paces toward the Wassermann test, that likely is distinctively his material business.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • Wassermann and Schtze reached the same result independently of each other.

  • Down in the office there sat Old Poulsen at one window and Wassermann himself at the other.

    Egholm and his God Johannes Buchholtz
Word Origin and History for Wassermann

test for syphillis, 1909, from German bacteriorologist August Paul Wassermann (1866-1925), who devised it in 1906.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Wassermann in Medicine

Wassermann Was·ser·mann (wä'sər-mən, vä'sər-män'), August von. 1866-1925.

German physician who developed the Wasserman test for the detection of syphilis.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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