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Noun: Wassermann  waa-su(r)-mun
  1. German bacteriologist who developed a diagnostic test for syphilis (1866-1925)
    - August von Wassermann
  2. A blood test to detect syphilis; a complement fixation test is used to detect antibodies to the syphilis organism treponema; a positive reaction indicates the presence of antibodies and therefore syphilis infection
    - Wassermann test, Wasserman reaction

Type of: bacteriologist, complement fixation test

Encyclopedia: Wassermann, Jakob