laboratory study

Pronunciation: (LA-bruh-tor-ee STUH-dee)

Research done in a laboratory. A laboratory study may use special equipment and cells or animals to find out if a drug, procedure, or treatment is likely to be useful in humans. It may also be a part of a clinical trial, such as when blood or other samples are collected. These may be used to measure the effect of a drug, procedure, or treatment on the body.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2010-04-07