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complement fixation

noun Immunology.
  1. the binding of complement to immune complexes or to certain foreign surfaces, as those of invading microorganisms.
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Origin of complement fixation

First recorded in 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for complement fixation

Historical Examples of complement fixation

  • The complement-fixation reaction will often clear up an apparently obscure diagnosis.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • Consequently what is sought in the complement-fixation test is a specific amboceptor.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey

complement fixation in Medicine

complement fixation

  1. The binding of active complement to a specific antigen-antibody pair used in diagnostic tests, such as the Wasserman test, to detect the presence of a specific antigen or antibody.
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