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Wassermann test

a diagnostic test for syphilis using the fixation of a complement by the serum of a syphilitic individual.
Also called Wassermann reaction.

1910–15; named after A. von Wassermann

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Wassermann test or Wassermann reaction (ˈwæsəmən, German ˈvasərman, ˈwæsəmən, German ˈvasərman)
med See complement fixation test a diagnostic test for syphilis
[C20: named after August von Wassermann (1866--1925), German bacteriologist]
Wassermann reaction or Wassermann reaction
[C20: named after August von Wassermann (1866--1925), German bacteriologist]

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Wassermann test n.
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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