the binding of complement to immune complexes or to certain foreign surfaces, as those of invading microorganisms.
complement fixation n.
The binding of active complement to a specific antigen-antibody pair used in diagnostic tests, such as the Wasserman test, to detect the presence of a specific antigen or antibody.
[noun kom-pluh-muh nt; verb kom-pluh-ment] /noun ˈkɒm plə mənt; verb ˈkɒm pləˌmɛnt/ noun 1. something that completes or makes perfect: A good wine is a complement to a good meal. 2. the quantity or amount that completes anything: We now have a full complement of packers. 3. either of two parts or things needed to […]
[kom-pluh-men-tid] /ˈkɒm pləˌmɛn tɪd/ adjective 1. having a or . 2. Mathematics. (of a lattice containing a smallest element and a greatest element) having the property that corresponding to each element of the lattice is a second element such that the greatest lower bound of the two elements is the smallest element of the lattice […]
noun, Linguistics. 1. a subordinate clause that functions as the subject, direct object, or prepositional object of a verb, as that you like it in I’m surprised that you like it.
- Complement binding assay
complement binding assay n. An assay for detecting immune complexes.