[ih-lis-uh, e-lee-suh]


a female given name, form of Elizabeth.

Also E·li·sia [ih-lish-uh] /ɪˈlɪʃ ə/.


[ih-lahy-zuh, -suh]


Medicine/Medical. a sensitive diagnostic test for past or current exposure to an infectious agent, as the AIDS virus: a sample of blood is added to proteins from the agent, and any antibodies that combine with the proteins, indicating a history of infection, are detected by adding a test antibody linked to an enzyme that causes a color change.
Biology, Medicine/Medical. any similar test using proteins as a probe for the identification of antibodies or antigens.

Origin of ELISA

e(nzyme-)l(inked) i(mmuno)s(orbent) a(ssay)
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  • "I suppose it is," said Elisa, with something of weariness in her tone.

    Ponce de Leon

    William Pilling

  • "You are triste yet," said Elisa Puyrredon, drawing her chair nearer to Marcelino.

    Ponce de Leon

    William Pilling

  • I could easily have bribed Elisa if I had wanted to; nothing was easier.

  • She abhorred Elisa at that moment, and started to scold her; she then begged her pardon.

  • For my own part I never thought much of him since he refused to marry Elisa.

British Dictionary definitions for elisa


n acronym for

enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay: an immunological technique for accurately measuring the amount of a substance, for example in a blood sample
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Medicine definitions for elisa




Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; a sensitive immunoassay that uses an enzyme linked to an antibody or antigen as a marker for the detection of a specific protein, especially an antigen or antibody.
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