tuberculin test


: a test for hypersensitivity to tuberculin as an indication of past or present tubercular infection

Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tuberculin test was in 1892

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“Tuberculin test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

tuberculin test


: a test for sensitivity to tuberculin as a sign of a past or present infection with the bacterium causing tuberculosis

Medical Definition

tuberculin test


: a test (as the Mantoux test or tine test) for hypersensitivity to tuberculin in which tuberculin is introduced (as by injection or puncture) usually into the skin of the individual tested and the appearance of inflammation or induration at the site of introduction is construed as indicating past or present tubercular infection

called also tuberculin skin test

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