[in sahy-too, -tyoo, see-; Latin in sit-oo]
- situated in the original, natural, or existing place or position: The archaeologists were able to date the vase because it was found in situ.
- in place or position; undisturbed.
- (especially of a malignant tumor) in a localized state or condition: carcinoma in situ.
Origin of in situ
First recorded in 1730–40, in situ is from the Latin word in sitū literally, in place
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- in the natural, original, or appropriate position
- pathol (esp of a cancerous growth or tumour) not seen to be spreading from a localized position
Word Origin and History for in situ
Latin, literally "in its (original) place or position" (see situate (v.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
in situ(ĭn sī′tōō)
- In the original position.
- Confined to the site of origin.
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[(in seye-tooh, in sit-ooh)]
In the original place or arrangement: “The body was left in situ until the police arrived.” From Latin, meaning “in position.”
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