[too-bur-kyuh-lin, tyoo-]

noun Medicine/Medical.

a sterile liquid prepared from cultures of the tubercle bacillus, used in the diagnosis and, formerly, in the treatment of tuberculosis.

Origin of tuberculin

1890–95; < Latin tūbercul(um) tubercle + -in2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of tuberculin

Historical Examples of tuberculin

  • It works on the same principle as the tuberculin test for tuberculosis.

    Being Well-Born

    Michael F. Guyer

  • It is at this stage that the tuberculin test comes to the aid of the stockman.

  • In such dairies the tuberculin test is used at regular intervals, and the herd inspected frequently by competent veterinarians.

  • Inspectors may subject any cattle showing symptoms of tuberculosis to the tuberculin test before allowing them to enter.

  • Subsequent experiments showed that tuberculin exercised quite a different action to that of healing.

British Dictionary definitions for tuberculin



a sterile liquid prepared from cultures of attenuated tubercle bacillus and used in the diagnosis of tuberculosis
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tuberculin in Medicine




A sterile liquid culture containing proteins of tubercle bacilli used chiefly in diagnostic tests for tuberculosis.
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