Wassermann reaction


Was·​ser·​mann reaction ˈwä-sər-mən- How to pronounce Wassermann reaction (audio) ˈvä- How to pronounce Wassermann reaction (audio)
: the complement-fixing reaction that occurs in a positive complement-fixation test for syphilis

Word History


August von Wassermann

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Wassermann reaction was in 1911

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“Wassermann reaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wassermann%20reaction. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

Wassermann reaction

: the complement-fixing reaction that occurs in a positive complement fixation test for syphilis using the serum of an infected individual
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