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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.
Origin of Wassermann test
1910-15; named after A. von Wassermann Unabridged
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Wassermann test

/ˈwæsəmən; German ˈvasərman/
(med) a diagnostic test for syphilis See complement fixation test
Word Origin
C20: named after August von Wassermann (1866–1925), German bacteriologist
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wassermann reaction in Medicine

Wassermann reaction Was·ser·mann reaction (wä'sər-mən)
Abbr. WR
A complement-fixing reaction in the Wassermann test.

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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