blood test

noun

Definition of blood test

: a test of the blood specifically : a laboratory test in which a sample of blood is withdrawn from the body to analyze the level of substances or cells (such as glucose, hemoglobin, or white blood cells) that indicate the presence or probable development of a particular disease or medical condition (such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or cancer) or serve to indicate the degree of function of a specific organ (such as the liver or kidney)

Examples of blood test in a Sentence

He had a blood test, and the doctor who did it said his cholesterol was too high.
Recent Examples on the Web Wednesday marked the seventh day of new reporting standards to comply with federal guidelines to now include cases identified from non-testing evidence, certain rapid tests and blood tests that can uncover earlier infections, officials said. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Mapping Ohio’s 8,414 coronavirus cases, Thursday’s updates and trends," 16 Apr. 2020 One is serological testing – sometimes called antibody tests or blood tests – that determines whether someone had COVID-19 and has since recovered. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Coronvirus in Ohio: What is a COVID-19 probable case? Why is the state now reporting them?," 15 Apr. 2020 For the rest, life is a constant series of compulsory blood tests and hosings-down with disinfectant. The Economist, "Code red To curb covid-19, China is using its high-tech surveillance tools," 29 Feb. 2020 Emirates is conducting blood tests for some passengers. NBC News, "Higher fares, longer waits, no booze: How coronavirus will change the way we fly," 4 May 2020 Detecting many kinds of cancers early, with a simple blood test for DNA shed by tumor cells, is a seductive prospect. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "DNA blood test spots cancers in seemingly cancer-free women, but also produces false alarms," 28 Apr. 2020 In lieu of immunity passports, some airlines like Emirates have begun administering rapid result blood tests for the coronavirus before boarding on certain repatriation flights. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Could Airlines Require Immunity Passports for Travelers to Fly Again?," 23 Apr. 2020 Germany’s ambitious antibodies test Companies around the world are rolling out blood tests for coronavirus antibodies, heralded as crucial tools to restart the economy. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Spain’s Children, Antibodies: Your Monday Briefing," 20 Apr. 2020 Widespread blood tests for antibodies to the virus would enable public health officials to study the question of immunity directly—first by measuring how many people have that immunity, and then, eventually, how long that immunity lasts. Gregory Barber, Wired, "What if Covid-19 Returns Every Year, Like the Common Cold?," 15 Apr. 2020

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1851, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2020

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“Blood test.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blood%20test. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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blood test

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English Language Learners Definition of blood test

: a test of the blood especially to learn if a person has any diseases or conditions (such as AIDS or high cholesterol)

blood test

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Medical Definition of blood test

: a laboratory test in which a sample of blood is withdrawn from the body to analyze the level of substances or cells (as glucose, hemoglobin, or white blood cells) that indicate the presence or probable development of a particular disease or medical condition (as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or cancer) or serve to indicate the degree of function of a specific organ (as the liver or kidney)

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