Wassermann test


noun

a diagnostic test for syphilis using the fixation of a complement by the serum of a syphilitic individual.

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Also called Wassermann reaction.

Origin of Wassermann test

First recorded in 1910–15; named after A. von Wassermann
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British Dictionary definitions for wassermann reaction

Wassermann test

Wassermann reaction

/ (ˈwæsəmən, German ˈvasərman) /

noun

med a diagnostic test for syphilisSee complement fixation test

Word Origin for Wassermann test

C20: named after August von Wassermann (1866–1925), German bacteriologist
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Medical definitions for wassermann reaction (1 of 2)

Wassermann reaction
[ wäsər-mən ]

n.

A complement-fixing reaction in the Wassermann test.

Medical definitions for wassermann reaction (2 of 2)

Wassermann test

n.

A diagnostic test for syphilis involving the fixation or inactivation of a complement by an antibody in a blood serum sample.
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