Wassermann test

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Wassermann test

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

[After August von Wassermann (1866-1925), German bacteriologist.]

Wassermann test

(ˈwæsəmən; German ˈvasərman) or

Wassermann reaction

(Medicine) med a diagnostic test for syphilis. See complement fixation test
[C20: named after August von Wassermann (1866–1925), German bacteriologist]

Was′sermann test`

a diagnostic test for syphilis using the fixation of a complement by the serum of a syphilitic individual. Also called Was′sermann reac`tion.
[1910–15; after A. von Wassermann]
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Noun1.Wassermann test - a blood test to detect syphilisWassermann test - 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
complement fixation test - a blood test in which a sample of serum is exposed to a particular antigen and complement in order to determine whether or not antibodies to that particular antigen are present; used as a diagnostic test