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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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 She was also required to take a purified protein derivative (PPD) skin test for TB. Libby Solomon,, "Government sues Towson home care franchise alleging ADA violation," 28 June 2018 Follow-up skin tests will be given at the school in May to students who test negative on the first test, officials said. Anna Beahm,, "Man shot in north Birmingham; injuries could be life-threatening," 30 Mar. 2018 Students and staff who may have had contact with the disease will be notified and should have a TB skin test, officials said. Anna Beahm,, "Man shot in north Birmingham; injuries could be life-threatening," 30 Mar. 2018 That’s the prescription from La Jolla’s DermTech, which offers skin tests for melanoma using a special adhesive tape. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Battling skin cancer with a piece of tape instead of a scapel," 14 Mar. 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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