skin test

noun
a test in which a substance is introduced into the skin, as by application to a purposely abraded area or by injection, for the detection of allergic sensitivity to a specific pollen, protein, etc., or of the presence of a disease.

Origin:
1925–30

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skin test
 
n
med See scratch test any test to determine immunity to a disease or hypersensitivity by introducing a small amount of the test substance beneath the skin or rubbing it into a fresh scratch

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skin test n.
A test for detection of an allergy or infectious disease, performed by means of a patch test, a scratch test, or an intracutaneous injection of an allergen or extract of a disease-causing organism.

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skin test

introduction of a specific test substance into the skin of an individual, either by injection or by scratching the skin, to determine that individual's possible allergy to certain substances or his susceptibility or immunity to certain diseases. A skin test is usually considered positive when the skin becomes red and swollen at the site of contact with the test material and is considered negative when there is no skin reaction. See also tuberculin test.

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They should be performed only on patients who cannot undergo skin testing or when skin test results are uncertain.
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