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
/ (ˈwæsəmən, German ˈvasərman) /
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)
[ wä′sər-mən ]
A complement-fixing reaction in the Wassermann test.
Medical definitions for wassermann reaction (2 of 2)
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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