Schick test

noun \ ˈshik- \

Definition of Schick test

: a test for susceptibility to diphtheria by cutaneous injection of a diluted diphtheria toxin that causes an area of reddening and induration in susceptible individuals

Origin and Etymology of schick test

Béla Schick


Medical Dictionary

Schick test

noun \ ˈshik- \

medical Definition of Schick test

: a serological test for susceptibility to diphtheria by cutaneous injection of a diluted diphtheria toxin that causes an area of reddening and induration in susceptible individuals

Biographical Note for schick test

  • Schick, Béla (1877–1967), American pediatrician. In 1913 Schick announced his development of the Schick test for susceptibility to diphtheria. The test was a safe, reliable method of detection that eliminated the unnecessary use of sera with serious side effects.

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