- 1.1 [count noun] A procedure for measuring the biochemical or immunological activity of a sample: each assay was performed in duplicateMore example sentences
- None of the antigenic assays can measure the functional activity of the protein.
- All cholesterol assays measure the total cell cholesterol, so it is not possible to distinguish between plasma membrane cholesterol and intracellular cholesterol.
- This warns against inadvertent overestimation due to the original sampling procedure in experimental assays.
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- 1Determine the content or quality of (a metal or ore): the man who assayed gold was more than a technicianMore example sentences
- Some of the copper ore was assayed in England leading to the formation of a London mining association made up of ten members, each promising to invest $2,000 for further prospecting on the property.
- The bank is to set up a separate unit, SBI Gold and Precious Metals, to assay the gold and jewellery brought in as deposits.
- Captain Lewis now planned to build a furnace for the purpose of assaying the ore.
- 1.1Determine the biochemical or immunological activity of (a sample): cell contents were assayed for enzyme activityMore example sentences
- Solubilized samples were assayed for total protein content using the EZQ Protein Quantitation Kit (Molecular Probes, Eugene, OR).
- The samples were assayed for CHH by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.
- Nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide were chemically assayed as nitrite from sorbent tubes by using spectrophotometry.
- 1.2Examine (something) in order to assess its nature: stepping inside, I quickly assayed the clienteleMore example sentences
- We assay variation in a natural population to assess whether microsatellite markers can be informative for future studies in this species.
- Transcription rates were assayed using nuclear run-on analyses as previously described.
- On those rare occasions when he assays an argument, it's indisputable that nothing will ever rescue him from mediocrity.
- 2 • archaic Attempt: I assayed a little joke of mine on himMore example sentences
- Point made, he assays a few kicks in the air and brings it home: ‘Turn it up now!’
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- Specimens of the metal were sent to expert assayers for analysis.
- This tribe was far too complex for modern assayers.
- After studying chemistry at University College, London, and working as an assayer in Australia, he returned to University College in 1859 to study political economy, philosophy, and mathematics.
Middle English (in the general sense 'testing, or a test of, the merit of someone or something'): from Old French assai (noun), assaier (verb), variant of essai 'trial', essayer 'to try' (see essay).