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Schick test

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Pronunciation: /ʃɪk
 
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Definition of Schick test in English:

noun

Medicine
A test for previously acquired immunity to diphtheria, using an intradermal injection of diphtheria toxin.
Example sentences
  • The Schick test, in which a tiny quantity of diphtheria toxin protein is injected into the skin of the forearm, can show whether an individual is immune to diphtheria.
  • By 1921 Park and his colleagues had used the Schick test on more than 52,000 New York City schoolchildren.

Origin

early 20th century: named after Bela Schick (1877–1967), Hungarian-born American paediatrician.

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