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Was′sermann test`(n.)

  1. a diagnostic test for syphilis using the fixation of a complement by the serum of a syphilitic individual. Also called Was′sermann reac`tion.

    Category: Medicine

Origin of Wassermann test:

1910–15; after A. von Wassermann

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Wassermann test, Wasserman reaction, Wassermann(noun)

    a blood test to detect syphilis; a complement fixation test is used to detect antibodies to the syphilis organism treponema; a positive reaction indicates the presence of antibodies and therefore syphilis infection

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  1. Wassermann test

    The Wassermann test or Wassermann reaction is an antibody test for syphilis, named after the bacteriologist August Paul von Wassermann, based on complement-fixation.

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