Definition of Wassermann test in English:

Wassermann test

noun

Medicine
  • A diagnostic test for syphilis using a specific antibody reaction (the Wassermann reaction) of the patient's blood serum.

    • ‘He returned to San Antonio, where he performed the first Wassermann tests in the state.’
    • ‘More sensitive than the Wassermann test, the Kahn test could be completed in a matter of minutes.’
    • ‘A considerable volume of routine serologic work, notably Wassermann tests, was also accomplished.’
    • ‘For years Wassermann tests have been carried out in routine management of pregnancy, to warn of possible miscarriage or to prevent congenital syphilis in the infant.’
    • ‘The possibility of this he steadily denied, and his word was borne out by the Wassermann tests, which consistently gave negative results, though tried again and again.’

Origin

Early 20th century: named after August P. Wassermann (1866–1925), German pathologist.

Pronunciation

Wassermann test

/ˈvɑːsəmən/