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equivocal

adjective ambiguous, ambiguus, amphibological, amphibolous, anceps, bewildering, cloudy, confusing, controversial, debatable, deceptive, dim, disputable, doubtful, dubious, dubius, enigmatic, enigmatical, equivocating, equivocatory, hard to underrtand, hazy, imperspicuous, imprecise, indecisive, indeterminate, misleading, moot, nebulous, obscure, of doubtful meaning, of uncertain significance, open, open to question, perplexing, possessing double meaning, puzzling, questionable, recondite, shadowy, unclear, undecided, undefined, unexplained, unintelligible, unplain, unresolved, unsolved, unsure, vague, veiled
Foreign phrases: Verba aequivoca, ac in dubio sensu posita, intelliguntur digniori et potentiori sensu.Equivocal words and those which are used in a doubtful sense are to be understood in their more worthy and effeccive sense.
See also: aleatory, ambiguous, conditional, disputable, doubtful, dubious, elusive, evasive, hesitant, impalpable, indefinite, indeterminate, oblique, precarious, problematic, provisional, questionable, suspicious, uncertain, unclear, vague

EQUIVOCAL. What has a double sense.
     2. In the construction of contracts, it is a general rule that when an expression may be taken in two senses, that shall be preferred which gives it effect. Vide Ambiguity; Construction; Interpretation; and Dig. 22, 1, 4; Id 45, 1, 80; Id. 50, 17, 67.

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Our laboratory uses the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved, dual-probe HER2 IQFISH (Dako, Carpinteria, California) for initial testing, with equivocal FISH cases retested with HER2 and RAI1 probes (both from Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, California).
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Elizabeth Hammond, MD, FCAP, co-chair of the ASCO/CAP HER2 Testing in Breast Cancer Panel, is quoted as follows: "The number of patients with equivocal HER2 test results used to be rather large.
Half of the 28 samples identified as equivocal by ECLIA were confirmed as positive by Western blot.
Of 172 ultrasounds done on patients with positive tumor markers, 41% had suspicious findings, 10% had equivocal findings, and 49% were normal.
In certain women with genetic pre-disposition for breast cancer, a magnetic resonance imaging study (MRI) of the breast may be necessary, particularly if the mammogram and/or ultrasound gave equivocal results or showed dense breast tissue; the patient has had a mutilated breast from previous surgeries, or 'silicon' implants.
Of those children, 21 turned out to have definite occult pneumonia, and in another 13, radiographic findings were equivocal.
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There was a hint that cabbage (alone or in coleslaw or sauerkraut) and spinach might protect the prostate, but the results were equivocal.
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Nineteen percent of the study participants--858 male veterans over age 40 without diagnosed prostate cancer--had low testosterone levels, 53 percent had normal levels and 28 percent had equivocal levels (equal numbers of tests indicating low and normal levels).
Both sides promote a frantic, video-game caricature of social responsibility; both evade the slow, equivocal and tragic task of planetary responsibility.