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

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\ ˈlab How to pronounce Lab (audio) \

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The new test, which was developed by the NFL with its Canadian lab, Biokinetics, uses a pneumatic ram that slams into the helmet at 19.6 meters per second on six different locations, including one random spot. San Diego Union-Tribune, "It took decades, but football helmet testing is becoming more sophisticated," 5 July 2019 So far with this technique, my lab has been able to produce small bits of meat less than a centimeter square – a little small for a cookout but a strong start. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, "So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks," 5 July 2019 So in order to make the most of the data, scientists need to accept that what works in their lab might not work with all of that commercial data. Nicole Wetsman, The Verge, "Data from health apps offers opportunities and obstacles to researchers," 3 July 2019 In his own lab, the doctor has studied early heart development and how cells can be reprogrammed to repair damaged heart tissue. Emily Baumgaertner,, "When it comes to disease, stem cells are a game-changer, scientists say. This is why," 27 June 2019 But the possibility of creating organs that are a better match for their human recipients keeps his lab and others poring over stem cells and embryos, hoping to narrow the species divide. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Embryo experiments take ‘baby steps’ toward growing human organs in livestock," 26 June 2019 Written by Michael Rosenberg Just a few miles from his BALCO lab that served as the epicenter of the steroid scandal that rocked multiple major sports, Victor Conte is building his name up all over again in the supplement and fitness world., "Sports Illustrated's Where Are They Now? Stories," 23 June 2019 In his lab alone, DNA and drug cases have nearly doubled since 2014. CBS News, "Cops said it was meth – it was cotton candy: Inside the nationwide crime lab backlog," 20 June 2019 Wang recruited former PhD students who’d helped on the goat and sheep genomes and who were now running their own labs, and by the end more than 20 institutions, mostly in China, contributed to the project. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Wildebeest! Okapi! Giraffe! Ibex! Come Peruse Their Genomes," 20 June 2019

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circa 1868, in the meaning defined above

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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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