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Ames test

noun
1.
a test that exposes a strain of bacteria to a chemical compound in order to determine the mutagenic potential of the compound.
Origin
1975-1980
1975-80; after U.S. biochemist Bruce N. Ames (born 1928), who developed the test
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Ames test

/eɪmz/
noun
1.
a method of preliminary screening for carcinogens, based on their ability to cause mutations in bacteria
Word Origin
named after Bruce Ames (born 1928), US biochemist who invented the test
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ames-test in Medicine

Ames test n.
A test in which strains of Salmonella that are unable to synthesize histidine are introduced into a test substance lacking in histidine. If the strains then regain the ability to synthesize histidine, the substance is considered mutagenic and thus carcinogenic.

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