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[wah-ser-muh n; German vahs-uh r-mahn] /ˈwɑ sər mən; German ˈvɑs ərˌmɑn/
August von
[ou-goo st fuh n] /ˈaʊ gʊst fən/ (Show IPA),
1866–1925, German physician and bacteriologist.
[yah-kawp] /ˈyɑ kɔp/ (Show IPA),
1873–1934, German novelist. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is even possible to have the roof fall out of the mouth from gummatous changes and the Wassermann test yet be negative.

    The Third Great Plague John H. Stokes
  • The theory that marriages should be made in the laboratory; the Wassermann test for love.

    A Book of Burlesques H. L. Mencken
  • Wassermann from the Customs House came down too, his galoshes leaving a long dragging trail in the dry sand.

    Egholm and his God Johannes Buchholtz
  • There were no symptoms of any kind and the Wassermann test was negative.

    Woman William J. Robinson
  • Imagine estimating philosophers by their chest expansions, their blood pressures, their Wassermann reactions!

    Damn! Henry Louis Mencken
  • Down in the office there sat Old Poulsen at one window and Wassermann himself at the other.

    Egholm and his God Johannes Buchholtz
  • Three men—Wassermann, Ehrlich, and Noguchi—have supplied the knowledge whereby the evil may be attacked.

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • The salt used by Wassermann is not stated in his original publication.

  • If man would pace his paces toward the Wassermann test, that likely is distinctively his material business.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • Wassermann, Keysser and Wassermann made experiments with it, chemotherapeutically, on animal tumors.

Word Origin and History for Wassermann

test for syphillis, 1909, from German bacteriorologist August Paul Wassermann (1866-1925), who devised it in 1906.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Wassermann in Medicine

Wassermann Was·ser·mann (wä'sər-mən, vä'sər-män'), August von. 1866-1925.

German physician who developed the Wasserman test for the detection of syphilis.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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