[kom-pluh-muh nt-fik-sey-shuh n] /ˈkɒm plə mənt fɪkˈseɪ ʃən/
a test for diagnosing an infectious disease by detecting the presence of antibody in the blood, based on the fixing of a known quantity of complement to the antigen being tested and the specific antibody that combines with it.
complement-fixation test n.
An immunological test for determining the presence of a particular antibody in which serum is treated in a manner that allows existing antibodies to accept and bind to a known amount of antigen. If binding occurs the presence of the antibody is verified and its concentration in the serum can be calculated based on the amount of antigen added to the system.
noun, Immunology. 1. 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.
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- Complement binding assay
complement binding assay n. An assay for detecting immune complexes.