Wassermann test (reaction)

Was·ser·mann test (reaction) (vahsґer-mahn) [August Paul von Wassermann, German bacteriologist, 1866–1925] see under test.

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  • Wassermann test — n a test for the detection of syphilitic infection using the Wassermann reaction called also Wassermann * * * the original (1906) nontreponemal antigen test for syphilis; see serologic t. for syphilis …   Medical dictionary

  • Wassermann test — or Wassermann reaction n. [after WASSERMANN August von, who devised it] a complement fixation test for the diagnosis of syphilis by determining the presence of syphilitic antibodies in the blood serum …   English World dictionary

  • Wassermann test — The Wassermann test is a complement fixation (Complement system) antibody test for syphilis, named after the bacteriologist August von Wassermann.MethodA sample of blood or cerebrospinal fluid is taken and introduced to the antigen cardiolipin… …   Wikipedia

  • Wassermann test — noun Date: 1909 a test for the detection of syphilis using the Wassermann reaction called also Wassermann …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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] * * * …   Universalium

  • Wassermann test — n. a test for syphilis using the reaction of the patient s blood serum. Etymology: A. von Wassermann, Ger. pathologist d. 1925 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wassermann — August P. von, German bacteriologist, 1866–1925. See W. antibody, W. reaction, W. test, provocative W. test. * * * Was·ser·mann wäs ər mən, väs n WASSERMANN TEST Was·ser·mann väs ər .män August Paul von (1866 1925) German bacteriologist.… …   Medical dictionary

  • reaction — 1. The response of a muscle or other living tissue or organism to a stimulus. 2. The color change effected in litmus and certain other organic pigments by contact with substances such as acids or alkalies; also the property that such substances… …   Medical dictionary

  • Wassermann — noun 1. German bacteriologist who developed a diagnostic test for syphilis (1866 1925) • Syn: ↑August von Wassermann • Instance Hypernyms: ↑bacteriologist 2. a blood test to detect syphilis; a complement fixation test is used to detect antibodies …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wassermann-fast — A term used to designate a case in which the Wassermann reaction remains positive despite all treatment. * * * Was·ser·mann fast (vahsґer mahn fast) showing a persistent positive reaction to the Wassermann test despite antisyphilitic treatment …   Medical dictionary

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