- serologic test for syphilis
- (STS) any test for serum antibodies indicative of Treponema pallidum infection. There are two types: nontreponemal antigen tests detect antibodies to substance (reagin) derived from host tissues, now known to consist of the phospholipids cardiolipin and lecithin; they originated with the Wassermann test and are now represented by the VDRL and RPR (rapid plasma reagin) tests. Treponemal antigen tests detect specific antitreponemal antibodies; they originated with the TPI (T. pallidum immobilization) test and are now represented by the DFA-TP (direct fluorescent antibodyâ€“T. pallidum) test, the FTA-ABS (fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption) test, the MHA-TP (microhemagglutination assayâ€“T. pallidum), and assays using ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) methods. The term â€œserologic tests for syphilisâ€ is occasionally used with reference only to nontreponemal antigen tests.
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