drug test

noun
plural drug tests

Definition of drug test

1 : a test that examines a bodily specimen (as of urine, saliva, blood, or hair) for the presence of one or more usually illegal or banned substances (such as cocaine, methamphetamine, alcohol, or anabolic steroids) a positive drug test He was brandishing a shot-gun, and a drug test after his arrest revealed traces of PCP.— Alan Light When an athlete has been using EPO and faces a drug test, a standard way of passing it is to dilute his blood with a saline solution.— Samuel Abt … the one-year suspension California horse-racing officials gave him for a positive drug test on one of his horses while he was college student and part-time trainer.— Joe Drape
2 : a study and especially a clinical trial for testing a therapeutic agent The drug tests are blinded so that participating patients and doctors … don't know who is receiving the drug and who is receiving a placebo.— Rhonda L. Rundle

Other Words from drug test

drug test transitive verb drug tested; drug testing; drug tests
… some in the community may be wondering if elected officials or county employees can be randomly drug tested. — Brittany Stovall
drug testing noun, plural drug testings
… after months of chemical analysis the lab found an anabolic steroid … which had been cleverly engineered to evade standard drug testing. — Malcolm Gladwell We have to get medals and go to the interview room and into drug testing right after we swim. — Matt Biondi She was court ordered to attend meetings, classes and to submit to random drug testings. — Jaclyn OMalley drug-testing labs

First Known Use of drug test

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Drug test.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drug%20test. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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drug test

noun

Medical Definition of drug test

1 : a test that examines a bodily specimen (as of urine, saliva, blood, or hair) for the presence of one or more usually illegal or banned substances (such as cocaine, methamphetamine, alcohol, or anabolic steroids) a positive drug test According to the Denver laboratory that performed the drug tests, his urine sample after last Wednesday's race showed the presence of "a drug of the phenylethylamine class."The New York Times
2 : a study and especially a clinical trial for testing a therapeutic agent Because patients sometimes get better or worse on their own, drug tests also need a control group to compare the new drug with standard treatment or a placebo.— Marilyn Chase, The Wall Street Journal

Other Words from drug test

drug test transitive verb
drug testing noun
random drug testing

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