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[ih-lis-uh, e-lee-suh] /ɪˈlɪs ə, ɛˈli sə/
a female given name, form of Elizabeth.
Also, Elisia
[ih-lish-uh] /ɪˈlɪʃ ə/ (Show IPA)


[ih-lahy-zuh, -suh] /ɪˈlaɪ zə, -sə/
Medicine/Medical. a sensitive diagnostic test for past or current exposure to an infectious agent, as the AIDS virus: a sample of blood is added to proteins from the agent, and any antibodies that combine with the proteins, indicating a history of infection, are detected by adding a test antibody linked to an enzyme that causes a color change.
Biology, Medicine/Medical. any similar test using proteins as a probe for the identification of antibodies or antigens.
Origin of ELISA
e(nzyme-)l(inked) i(mmuno)s(orbent) a(ssay) Unabridged
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  • The old archdeacon was still living, and for the moment all except Elisa were at home.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • "You are triste yet," said Elisa Puyrredon, drawing her chair nearer to Marcelino.

    Ponce de Leon William Pilling
  • He suggested that she should adopt in lieu of Elisa the more impressive name of Rachel.

    Old and New Paris, v. 1 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • "I suppose it is," said Elisa, with something of weariness in her tone.

    Ponce de Leon William Pilling
  • My sister Elisa had a man's intellect, a brave heart, and she would have met adversity philosophically.

    Drake, Nelson and Napoleon Walter Runciman
British Dictionary definitions for Elisa


noun acronym
enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay: an immunological technique for accurately measuring the amount of a substance, for example in a blood sample
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Elisa in Medicine

ELISA (ĭ-lī'zə, -sə)
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; a sensitive immunoassay that uses an enzyme linked to an antibody or antigen as a marker for the detection of a specific protein, especially an antigen or antibody.

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Related Abbreviations for Elisa


enzyme-linked immunoadsorbent assay
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