Definition of Schick test in US English:

Schick test


  • A test for previously acquired immunity to diphtheria, using an intradermal injection of diphtheria toxin.

    • ‘The Schick test, in which a tiny quantity of diphtheria toxin protein is injected into the skin of the forearm, can show whether an individual is immune to diphtheria.’
    • ‘By 1921 Park and his colleagues had used the Schick test on more than 52,000 New York City schoolchildren.’


Early 20th century: named after Bela Schick (1877–1967), Hungarian-born American pediatrician.


Schick test

/ˈSHik ˌtest/