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assay

noun analysis, ascertainment, assessment, breakdown, calculation, computation, diagnosis, experiment, exploration, measurement, probation, probe, test, test case, verification

assay

verb analyze, ascertain, assess, calculate, commute, diagnose, endeavor, evaluate, experiment, measure, research, test, try, verify, weigh
See also: analysis, attempt, diagnosis, endeavor, experiment, inquiry

ASSAY. A chemical examination of metals, by which the quantity of valuable or precious metal contained in any mineral or metallic mixture is ascertained. 2. By the acts of Congress of March 3, 1823, 3 Story's L. U. S. 1924; of June 25, 1834, 4 Shars. cont. Story's L. U. S. 2373; and of June 28, 1834, Id. 2377, it is made the duty of the secretary of the treasury to cause assays to be made at the mint of the United States, of certain coins made current by the said acts, and to make report of the result thereof to congress.

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It is easy to assume that an increase in the noncovalent electrostatic binding of RCF to deoxy-Hb should yield a decrease in assayable RCF and that, conversely, an increase in oxygenated Hb should, automatically, produce folate release and an increase in assayable RCF.
PCR is a technique that enables, in a test tube, the amplification of any desired specific sequence of DNA from almost any biological source to assayable quantities in a matter of hours.
Genes encoding assayable products fused to other genes therefore became known as "reporter genes" because, under certain circumstances, assayable product expression is proportional to activity of the target gene.
Each At Last Naturals product must be effective for its purpose, safe to use, of desired assayable potency and derived from the most beneficial high-quality natural source," company executives said.