from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • abbr. polymerase chain reaction

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  • n. polymerase chain reaction
  • v. To perform a polymerase chain reaction.


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  • PCR is now being used, for example, to discover HIV infections.

    Press Release: The 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

  • Bacteria from a Yellowstone geyser are the source of enzymes that power a biochemical reaction called PCR, a workhorse of the genome revolution.

    What the Spill Will Kill

  • And it goes through a process called PCR, polymerase chain reaction.

    CNN Transcript Apr 22, 2008

  • They're called PCR testing, and that's more of the gold standard.

    CNN Transcript Feb 25, 2006

  • JAMES HERMAN, DOCTOR, JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICAL CENTER: In this room we have what are called PCR machines.

    CNN Transcript Mar 7, 2006

  • For example, the more of a gold standard is a DNA base test, something called a PCR test.

    CNN Transcript Feb 25, 2006

  • What if, after stopping Rebetron, you have a relapse—that is, your PCR level becomes positive again?


  • When it is so old that no one wants it any longer, we send it to "PCR" - PC Recycling.

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  • The testing used a lab procedure called PCR that detects genetic material - in this case, the male Y chromosome.

  • Using a technique called PCR (polymerase chain reaction) to measure tumor DNA, they found that, on average, 90 percent fewer cancer cells remained after surgery to remove tumors in mice using the probe-based molecular guidance compared to surgery without it - a 10-fold reduction.



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