complement fixation

noun

Definition of complement fixation

: the process of binding serum complement to the product formed by the union of an antibody and the antigen for which it is specific that occurs when complement is added to a suitable mixture of such an antibody and antigen and that is the basis of some tests to detect the presence of specific antibodies or antigens

First Known Use of complement fixation

1906, in the meaning defined above

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“Complement fixation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/complement%20fixation. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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complement fixation

noun

Medical Definition of complement fixation

: the process of binding serum complement to the product formed by the union of an antibody and the antigen for which it is specific that occurs when complement is added to a mixture (in proper proportion) of such an antibody and antigen

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