spot test

noun

Definition of spot test

1 : a test limited to a few key or sample points or a relatively small percentage of random spots
2 : a test conducted on the spot to yield immediate results

Examples of spot test in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As with any skin-care product, dermatologists like Dr. Chang recommend performing a spot test before going all-in. Sarah Han, Allure, 19 Oct. 2021 One reason broad screening hasn't yet occurred: questions about whether the blood spot test can reliably pick up CMV. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 In March, the city of West Palm Beach fired its deputy chief of information technology after testing positive for marijuana during a spot test. Alyssa Feliciano And April Rubin, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Apr. 2021 The on-the-spot test is in addition to the requirement of proof of a negative coronavirus test a maximum of 72 hours before arrival. Elena Becatoros, Star Tribune, 19 Nov. 2020 Antigen: a quick, on-the-spot test that’s less sensitive than PCR but good at identifying people who are most likely to infect others. Lisa Song, ProPublica, 16 Nov. 2020 Everyone's skin responds differently to products and stressors, so go slow and spot test any new, potentially irritating ingredients. Medea Giordano, Wired, 23 Aug. 2020 Note that bleach may cause discoloration on certain fabrics, so spot test an inconspicuous place before using. Alicia Chilton, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Aug. 2020 The teams then re-enter the chamber to inspect the masks and conduct spot tests for harmful levels of residual hydrogen peroxide. Brian Kaiser, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of spot test

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of spot test was in 1928

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“Spot test.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spot%20test. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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