Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Test

1. set of standardized questions, problems, or tasks; see choice test, open-field test.

2. a critical examination, observation, or evaluation; trial. Specifically, the procedure of submitting a statement (hypotheses) to such conditions or operations as will lead to its proof or disproof or to its acceptance or rejection; see chi-square test, t-test.

3. process of detection of an ingredient or substance, e.g. a chemical test.

See Ames test, fluorine test, immunological diffusion test.

4. detection of specific signs or symptons, as in a medical diagnostic test.

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