meta-analysis

noun meta-anal·y·sis \ ˌme-tə-ə-ˈna-lə-səs \

Definition of meta-analysis

: a quantitative statistical analysis of several separate but similar experiments or studies in order to test the pooled data for statistical significance

First Known Use of meta-analysis

1976

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meta-analysis

noun meta-anal·y·sis \ ˌmet-ə-ə-ˈnal-ə-səs \

medical Definition of meta-analysis

: quantitative statistical analysis that is applied to separate but similar experiments of different and usually independent researchers and that involves pooling the data and using the pooled data to test the effectiveness of the results
  • the report…on low cholesterol presented a comprehensive meta-analysis of 32 randomized studies involving 42,000 individuals
  • Scientific American Medicine Bulletin

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