skin test


Definition of skin test

: a test (such as a scratch test) performed on the skin and used in detecting allergic hypersensitivity

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Recent Examples on the Web According to an email to staff Friday, an inmate at the medium-security facility has been placed in a negative pressure room after returning a positive skin test and an X-ray that indicated an active case of tuberculosis. Michael R. Sisak And Michael Balsamo, Star Tribune, "Federal prisons on lockdown in run-up to Biden inauguration," 16 Jan. 2021 The doctor might also want to do blood or skin tests, and maybe a food challenge in-office, before making a diagnosis. Alice Callahan, New York Times, "The New Rules of Food Allergy Prevention, Testing and Diagnosis," 17 Apr. 2020 The pinch should feel like a simple skin test, a researcher told the volunteer lying on an exam table in Kansas City, Missouri, on Wednesday. NBC News, "2nd coronavirus vaccine trial begins in the U.S., with a pinch and a zap," 10 Apr. 2020 If so, a blood or skin test, or sometimes both, can be used to check for the allergy. Mayo Clinic Q & A,, "Bee sting allergies can occur at any stage in life," 21 Nov. 2019 But at least a quarter of the world’s population would come up positive for latent tuberculosis on a blood or skin test., "Of those who got two doses of the GSK vaccine, only 13 developed active tuberculosis during three years of follow-up, according to the new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. By contrast, 26 of those who got a placebo progressed to active tuberculosis.," 29 Oct. 2019 For example, a recent FDA report found the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes on the skins of more than 17 percent of the 361 avocado skins tested. Jenna Flannigan, SELF, "8 Surprising Food Safety Mistakes You Might Be Making," 11 Jan. 2019 Allergy tests come in three main categories: skin tests, blood tests, and food challenges. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Expect If You Need Allergy Testing," 5 Sep. 2018 In communities on the lower Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers, surveys from 1948 to 1951 found that three-quarters of Alaska Native children younger than the age of 8 had positive skin tests. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the city health worker who tracks down tuberculosis patients in Anchorage," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of skin test

1908, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of skin test

: a test (as a scratch test or a tuberculin test) for an allergic or immune response to a substance that is performed by administering the substance to or through the skin and is used especially in detecting allergic hypersensitivity

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