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probe

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noun \ˈprōb\

Medical Definition of probe

  1. 1:  a surgical instrument that consists typically of a light slender fairly flexible pointed metal instrument like a small rod that is used typically for locating a foreign body (as a bullet embedded in a part of the body), for exploring a wound or suppurative tract by prodding or piercing, or for penetrating and exploring bodily passages and cavities

  2. 2:  a device (as an ultrasound generator) or a substance (as radioactively labeled DNA) used to obtain specific information (as detection of a virus or location of specific segments of a nucleic acid) for diagnostic or experimental purposes <the radioactive probe revealed the distribution of molecules in the membrane>




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probe

verb

Medical Definition of probe

probedprob·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to examine with or as if with a probe <probe a wound>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to search by using a probe <probe for a bullet>





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