1. [ noun ] (medicine,immunology) 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
Synonyms: Wasserman_reaction Wassermann_test
Related terms: complement_fixation_test
2. [ noun ] (biology) German bacteriologist who developed a diagnostic test for syphilis (1866-1925)
Synonyms: agust_von_wassermann
Related terms: bacteriologist
Similar spelling:   Wasserman