Medical Dictionary

Draize test

noun \ˈdrāz-\

Medical Definition of DRAIZE TEST

:  a test that is used as a criterion for harmfulness of chemicals to the human eye and that involves dropping the test substance into one eye of rabbits without anesthesia with the other eye used as a control—called also Draize eye test

Biographical Note for DRAIZE TEST

Draize, John Henry (1900–1992), American pharmacologist. Draize spent the better part of his career as a pharmacologist with the United States government's Food and Drug Administration. His areas of research included skin pharmacology, the toxicity and pharmacology of drugs, and the testing of cosmetics. He introduced the Draize test for cosmetics in 1944.


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