noun (1)
\ ˈlab How to pronounce lab (audio) \

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\ ˈlab How to pronounce Lab (audio) \

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Those treatments involve extracting immune T cells, re-engineering them in a lab to home in on cancers, multiplying them, and then inserting them back into patients’ bodies. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Parker Institute CRISPR Breakthrough, Pfizer Reorganization, Gym Tax Deductions," 12 July 2018 Morley and researchers backed this up by demonstrating for the first time in a lab how spiders use electrostatic forces to balloon. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Spiders use electricity to fly thousands of miles, research shows," 6 July 2018 That’s why researchers at Oxford University were trying to learn more about them by re-creating them in the lab. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Made a Wave in a Lab That Looks Almost Exactly Like a Famous Artwork," 25 Jan. 2019 If a rogue scientist tinkering quietly in a lab can smash through norms, local laws, and meddle with the human genome to feed his own ego or scientific curiosity, the worry is that many more dangerous applications of CRISPR could be in store. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Is the CRISPR baby controversy the start of a terrifying new chapter in gene editing?," 22 Jan. 2019 In essence, the lab was vetting software that was different than the software actually running in equipment across the country. Stu Woo, WSJ, "Huawei Says Its Gear Is Safe; U.K. Officials Aren’t Sure Anymore," 23 Dec. 2018 Chemists take serious precautions to avoid inhaling these things in the lab. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is vaping better than smoking? Scientists studied pee to find out," 14 Dec. 2018 Executive producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen told Collider the Hawkins lab is closed for good, which means the action probably won't take place there in future seasons. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stranger Things Season 3: Everything We Know So Far," 10 Dec. 2018 Galvin is a scientist who works with Macy in the lab at Hilltowne University. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast of "Charmed" and Their Characters," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of lab

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circa 1868, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1925, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lab

: a class period for laboratory work


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