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Intro to Clinical Lab (Stacy Maloon)

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analyte   a substance that is being identified or measured in a laboratory test  
calibration   a mechanism to check the precision and accuracy of a test system, such as an automated analyzer to determine if the system is providing accurate results. Calibration is typically performed using a calibration device, often called a standard  
clinical diagnosis   a tentative diagnosis of a patients condition obtained through evaluation of the health history and the physical examination without the benefit of laboratory or diagnostic tests  
control   a solution that is used to monitor a test system to ensure the reliability and accuracy of test results  
fasting   abstaining from food or fluids for a specific amount of time before the collection of a specimen  
homeostasis   the state in which body systems are functioning normally, and the internal environment of the body is in equilibrium; the body is in a healthy state  
In vivo   occurring in the living body or organism  
laboratory test   the clinical analysis and study of materials, fluids, or tissues obtained from patients to assist in diagnosis and treatment of disease  
nonwaived test   a complex laboratory test that does not meet the CLIA criteria for waiver and is subjected to the CLIA regulations  
plasma   the liquid part of the blood, consisting of a clear yellowish fluid that comprises approximately 55% of the total blood volume  
product insert   a printed document supplied by the manufacturer with a laboratory test product that contains information on the proper storage and use of the product  
profile   an array of laboratory test for identifying a disease state or evaluating a particular organ or organ system  
qualitative test   a test that indicated wether or not a substance is present in the sprecimen being tested and also provides an approximate indication of the amount of the substance present  
quality control   the application of methods to ensure that test results are reliable and valid and that errors are detected and eliminated  
quantitative test   a test that indicates the exact amount of a chemical substance that is present in the body with the results being reported in measurable units  
reagent   a substance that produces a reaction with a patient specimen that allows detection or measurement of the substance by the test system  
reference range   a certain stablished and acceptable parameter or reference range within which the laboratory test results of a healthy individual are expected to fall  
routine test   a laboratory test performed routinely on apparently healthy patients to assist in the early detection of disease  
serum   the clear straw-colored part of the blood that remains after the solid elements and the clotting factor fibrinogen have been separated out of it  
specimen   a small sample of something taken to show the nature of the whole  
test system   a setup that includes all of the test components required to perform a laboratory test such as testing devices, controls, and testing reagents  
waived test   a laboratory test that meets the CLIA criteria for being a simple procedure that is easy to perform and has a low risk of erroneous test results. Waived tests include tests that have been FDA-approved for use by patients at home  


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