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.]
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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]
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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
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The first effective test for syphilis, the Wassermann test, was developed in 1906.
According to Reverby, inclusion in the Tuskegee Study required that "they tested positive for the disease using the Wassermann test." Syphilologists were cognizant of the pitfalls of their serologic tests.
The source of the men's syphilis is often a disputed "fact." The high rate of infection in the counties near Tuskegee made the area of interest to the PHS, (5) and the PHS located the men who became the study's unwitting subjects after they tested positive for the disease (using the Wassermann test), gave a clinical history of the infection, and were diagnosed as being in the disease's latency stages.