Weil-Felix reaction


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Weil-Fe·lix test

(vīl fā'liks),
a test for the presence and type of rickettsial disease based on the agglutination of X-strains of Proteus vulgaris with the suspected Rickettsia in a patient's blood serum.
Synonym(s): Weil-Felix reaction

Weil-Fe·lix test

, Weil-Felix reaction (vīl-fā'liks test, rē-ak'shŭn)
A test for the presence and type of rickettsial disease based on the agglutination of X-strains of Proteus vulgaris by rickettsiae in a patient's serum.

Weil-Felix reaction

A test for rickettsial infections such as Q FEVER, RICKETTSIAL POX, ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER, TRENCH FEVER and SCRUB TYPHUS. The test does not use rickettsial ANTIGENS but strains of the organisms Proteus OK 19 and OXK which happen to react with antibodies to rickettsiae. (Edmund Weil, 1880–1922, Austrian physician; and Arthur Felix, 1887–1956, Czechoslovakian bacteriologist).

Felix,

Arthur, Polish bacteriologist, 1887-1956.
Weil-Felix reaction - Synonym(s): Weil-Felix test
Weil-Felix test - see under Weil, Edmund

Weil,

Edmund, Austrian physician, 1880-1922.
Weil-Felix reaction - Synonym(s): Weil-Felix test
Weil-Felix test - for the presence and type of rickettsial disease. Synonym(s): Weil-Felix reaction