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in situ

[in sahy-too, -tyoo, see-; Latin in sit-oo] /ɪn ˈsaɪ tu, -tyu, ˈsi-; Latin ɪn ˈsɪt u/
adverb, adjective
situated in the original, natural, or existing place or position:
The archaeologists were able to date the vase because it was found in situ.
  1. in place or position; undisturbed.
  2. (especially of a malignant tumor) in a localized state or condition:
    carcinoma in situ.
Origin of in situ
1730-40; < Latin in sitū literally, in place Unabridged
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Examples from the web for in situ
  • To measure sublimation, one has to regularly weigh samples of ice in situ.
  • In other words the cementing material formed in situ and was not collected and formed separately into another structure.
  • These days, the consensus among conservationists is to try to manage nature with humans in situ.
  • The composite fills the crack and then hardens in situ.
  • Companies that want to expand may well be able to do so in situ, and will not have to look for a new building across town.
  • The enrichment of homozygotes is unexpected if selection in situ is occurring here.
  • Basically, at the kind of distance for this object, you cannot form a gas giant in situ by accretion.
British Dictionary definitions for in situ

in situ

/ɪn ˈsɪtjuː/
adverb, adjective (postpositive)
in the natural, original, or appropriate position
(pathol) (esp of a cancerous growth or tumour) not seen to be spreading from a localized position
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Word Origin and History for in situ

Latin, literally "in its (original) place or position" (see situate (v.)).

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in situ in Medicine

in situ in si·tu (ĭn sī'tōō)

  1. In the original position.

  2. Confined to the site of origin.

in situ adv.
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in situ in Culture
in situ [(in seye-tooh, in sit-ooh)]

In the original place or arrangement: “The body was left in situ until the police arrived.” From Latin, meaning “in position.”

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