skin test


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

Examples of skin test in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tuberculosis can be detected by a blood test or a skin test. Bay Area News Group, Orange County Register, 1 Feb. 2024 The skin test, which is generally less expensive though also less precise, is a two-part process: A small amount of a substance is injected under the skin, and then two to three days later the site is examined for a reaction. Bay Area News Group, Orange County Register, 1 Feb. 2024 Infallible Concealer, which was a winner from our concealers for mature skin test. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 The goal is also to focus its resources and revenue growth on the company’s melanoma skin test. Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2024 While in the lab, the team conducted five tests: a strip test, paper test, fabric test, hair test, and skin test. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 14 Dec. 2023 In people who are unlikely to have a severe penicillin allergy, doctors may streamline the testing process by skipping the skin test and using just the oral dose. Andrew Chapman, Scientific American, 5 Oct. 2023 Children who had animals had fewer positive skin tests to indoor allergens—like pet and dust-mite allergens—and also to outdoor allergens such as ragweed and grass. Bill Strickland, Parents, 9 Aug. 2023 Allergy testing: Identifying specific allergens through blood tests or intradermal skin tests helps pinpoint triggers and develop an effective treatment plan. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of skin test was in 1908

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“Skin test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

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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