skin test

skin test
a test in which a substance is introduced into the skin, as by application to a purposely abraded area or by injection, for the detection of allergic sensitivity to a specific pollen, protein, etc., or of the presence of a disease.

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      introduction of a specific test substance into the skin of an individual, either by injection or by scratching the skin, to determine that individual's possible allergy to certain substances or his susceptibility or immunity to certain diseases. A skin test is usually considered positive when the skin becomes red and swollen at the site of contact with the test material and is considered negative when there is no skin reaction. See also tuberculin test.

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Universalium. 2010.

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