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an·ec·dot·al

(an'ek-dō'-tal),
Report of clinical experiences based on individual experience, rather than an organized investigation with standard research features, such as appropriate controls.
[G. anekdota, unpublished items, fr. an- priv + ekdido, to publish]

anecdotal

/an·ec·do·tal/ (an″ek-do´t'l) based on case histories rather than on controlled clinical trials.

anecdotal

[an′əkdot′əl]
Etymology: Gk, anekdotos, unpublished
pertaining to knowledge based on isolated observations and not yet verified by controlled scientific studies.

anecdotal

adjective Unsubstantiated; occurring as single or isolated event; referring to evidence based on subjective descriptions.

Examples
Anecdotal patient response to an unproven method for cancer management; anecdotal cause-and-effect relationship between a noxious factor and a condition.

anecdotal

adjective Unsubstantiated; occurring as single or isolated event. See Fringe, Unproven. Cf Blinding.

an·ec·dot·al

(an'ek-dō'tǎl)
Report of clinical experiences based on individual experience, rather than an organized investigation with standard research features, such as appropriate controls.
[G. anekdota, unpublished items, fr. an-,priv + ekdido, to publish]

an·ec·dot·al

(an'ek-dō'tǎl)
Report of clinical experiences based on individual experience, rather than an organized investigation with standard research features.
[G. anekdota, unpublished items, fr. an- priv + ekdido, to publish]
References in periodicals archive ?
Spelling is a great anecdotalist, having a tale to tell about nearly every show, although he never dishes the dirt about private lives.
Both the disintegrationist Taylor (168) and the self-revisionist Vincent (392) notice that Sir William Lucy of Charlecote, thrice Sheriff of Warwickshire in the reign of Henry VI, was ancestor to the Sir Thomas Lucy of Charlecote, gentleman and sheriff of Warwickshire in the time of Shakespeare, alleged by Nicholas Rowe and other anecdotalists to have arrested Shakespeare for poaching deer in his park.
The inclusion of Howard Shore's urgent score to The Silence of the Lambs, however, would have certainly pleased anecdotalists.