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Ames test Syllabification: Ames test
Pronunciation: /ˈāmz ˌtest/

Definition of Ames test in English:


A test to determine the mutagenic activity of chemicals by observing whether they cause mutations in sample bacteria.
Example sentences
  • It is also mutagenic, as demonstrated by the Ames test.
  • There is no evidence of mutagenic activity in animal experiments or in the Ames test.
  • Animal cancer tests and the Ames test led to much public concern about the contribution to human cancer of synthetic chemicals, including pesticides, in food and the environment.


1970s: named after Bruce N. Ames (born 1928), the American biochemist who devised it.

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