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complement fixation

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noun Immunology.

the binding of complement to immune complexes or to certain foreign surfaces, as those of invading microorganisms.

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Nearby words

complected, complection, complement, complement binding assay, complement clause, complement fixation, complement fixation test, complement protein, complement reaction, complement unit, complement-fixation test

Origin of complement fixation

First recorded in 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for 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

Medicine definitions for complement fixation

complement fixation


n.

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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