Wassermann test


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

Origin of Wassermann test

First recorded in 1910–15; named after A. von Wassermann

Also called Wassermann reaction.

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British Dictionary definitions for wassermann test

Wassermann test

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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Medicine definitions for wassermann test

Wassermann test


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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