drug test

noun

plural drug tests
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
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

Examples of drug test in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But he was let go anyway as soon as his pre-employment drug test came up positive. Peter Hecht, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024 The two years were up in July of last year, at which time CDI added at least another year to the suspension despite the fact Baffert had no positive medication or drug tests during that time. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024 But in 2019, a routine drug test derailed his career. Ernesto Londoño, New York Times, 27 Jan. 2024 In October K-pop megastar G-Dragon was booked by police two days after Lee and also was subject to multiple drug tests, interrogations and trips to the photo line. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Jan. 2024 Lee’s drug tests came back negative or inconclusive, according to police. Min Joo Kim, Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2023 About 11 months later, Maradona failed another drug test following league play in Argentina. Lewis Kamb, NBC News, 27 Oct. 2023 Though unwittingly taking a methamphetamine pill may not necessarily carry the same immediate risk of death as accidentally consuming fentanyl, drug experts say there are still significant concerns — such as failing a drug test, accidentally running afoul of the law or having unanticipated effects. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2023 The judge also ordered an immediate drug test to determine whether one man could continue in the program. Geoff Mulvihill and Carla K. Johnson, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of drug test was in 1863

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“Drug test.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drug%20test. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

drug test

noun
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
drug test transitive verb
drug testing noun
random drug testing
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