Serological test for syphilis, one of the earliest and most used examples of the complement fixation test. Many modifications of the original test have been made and are variously employed; Price’s (Whitechapel) technique of 1949 -50 is a much-used UK method.
The most commonly used test for the diagnosis of syphilis. A sample of the patient’s blood is examined, using a complement-fixation reaction, for the presence of antibodies to the organism Treponema pallidum. A positive reaction (WR+) indicates the presence of antibodies and therefore infection with syphilis.
An outdated test originally introduced for the diagnosis of syphilis by examination of the blood.