Dick test

play
noun \ˈdik-\

Definition of Dick test

  1. :  a test to determine susceptibility or immunity to scarlet fever by an injection of scarlet fever toxin

Origin and Etymology of dick test

George F. Dick and Gladys H. Dick


First Known Use: 1925


Medical Dictionary

Dick test

play
noun \ˈdik-\

Medical Definition of Dick test

  1. :  a test to determine susceptibility or immunity to scarlet fever by an injection of scarlet fever toxin

Biographical Note for dick test

Dick

,

George Frederick

(1881–1967), and

Gladys Henry

(1881–1963), American physicians. In 1923 the Dicks isolated the hemolytic streptococcus that causes scarlet fever. They also developed the toxin used for immunization and a method for preventing the disease—a toxin-antitoxin injection. The Dick test was developed in 1924.

Learn More about dick test


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Dick test? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a small amount

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • winning-words-from-the-national-spelling-bee-logo
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!