[wah-ser-muh n; German vahs-uh r-mahn]
- Au·gust von [ou-goo st fuh n] /ˈaʊ gʊst fən/, 1866–1925, German physician and bacteriologist.
- Ja·kob [yah-kawp] /ˈyɑ kɔp/, 1873–1934, German novelist.
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Examples from the Web for wassermann
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.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)
W. Grant Hague
There were no symptoms of any kind and the Wassermann test was negative.Woman
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
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
Wassermann(wä′sər-mən, vä′sər-män′)August von 1866-1925
- German physician who developed the Wasserman test for the detection of syphilis.