[noun bahy-oh-uh-sey, -as-ey; verb bahy-oh-uh-sey]
- determination of the biological activity or potency of a substance, as a vitamin or hormone, by testing its effect on the growth of an organism.
- to subject to a bioassay.
Origin of bioassay
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- a method of determining the concentration, activity, or effect of a change to substance by testing its effect on a living organism and comparing this with the activity of an agreed standard
- (tr) to subject to a bioassay
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- Determination of the strength or biological activity of a substance, such as a drug or hormone, by comparing its effects with those of a standard preparation on a test organism.
- A test used to determine such strength or activity.
- To cause to undergo a bioassay.biologic assay
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- Determination of the relative purity of a substance, such as a drug or hormone, by comparing its effects with those of a standard preparation on a culture of living cells or a test organism.
- A test used to determine such purity.
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