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[wah-ser-muh n; German vahs-uhr-mahn]
  1. Au·gust von [ou-goo st fuh n] /ˈaʊ gʊst fən/, 1866–1925, German physician and bacteriologist.
  2. Ja·kob [yah-kawp] /ˈyɑ kɔp/, 1873–1934, German novelist.
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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.

Word Origin and History for wassermann



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

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wassermann in Medicine


(wäsər-mən, väsər-män′)August von 1866-1925
  1. German physician who developed the Wasserman test for the detection of syphilis.
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