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nontreponemal antigen test
a complement-fixation test used in the diagnosis of syphilis; originally the "antigen" was an extract of liver from a syphilitic fetus, but later the active substance, referred to as cardiolipin, was found to be present in normal tissues, including heart, and has been identified as a diphosphatidylglycerol.
Synonym(s): Wassermann reaction
A diagnostic test for syphilis involving the fixation or inactivation of complement by an antibody in a blood serum sample.
Wassermann,August P. von, German bacteriologist, 1866-1925.
provocative Wassermann test - an obsolete test of historical interest only.
Wassermann antibody - evoked during syphilitic infection.
Wassermann reaction - Synonym(s): Wassermann test
Wassermann test - a complement-fixation test used in the diagnosis of syphilis. Synonym(s): Wassermann reaction