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Rosenbach's test

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A test for bile in the urine using nitric acid. Urine is passed several times thorugh the same filter paper. After the paper has dried, a drop of nitric acid is added to it. If bile is present, a play of colors is produced.

This is probably the same as Gmelin's test. See under Leopold Gmelin, German physiological chemist, 1788-1853.


  • Friedrich Tiedemann, Leopold Gmelin:
    Die Verdauung nach Versuchen.
    2 volumes. Heidelberg & Leipzig, K. Groos, 1826-1827.
  • O. Rosenbach:
    Beitrag zur Lehre von der periodischen Hämoglobinurie.
    Berliner klinische Wochenschrift, 1880, 17: 132-134, 151-153.

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