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breath test

any diagnostic test in which endogenous or exogenous materials are measured in samples of breath as a means of identifying pathologic processes; examples include hydrogen breath testing for lactose intolerance or urea breath testing to detect gastric colonization with Helicobacter pylori.
Synonym(s): breath analysis

breath test

any of various tests in which a person's breath is analyzed for presence of something abnormal. Subgroups called the 13C breath tests and 14C breath tests involve administration of organic compounds labeled with carbon 13 (heavy carbon) or carbon 14 (radioactive carbon) and measuring the subsequent levels of labeled carbon dioxide in the patient's breath; the labeled compound may be found to be metabolized normally, too fast, or too slow in the GI tract.

breath test

Gastroenterology
Any of a number of clinical tests used to evaluate malabsorption, in which a food containing a substance emitting low levels of radioactivity is ingested and, if malabsorbed, is exhaled through the lungs.

Lab medicine
The testing of the gases exhaled from a patient for the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

breath test

Chest medicine Any of a number of clinical tests used to evaluate malabsorption, in which a food containing a substance emitting low levels of radioactivity is ingested and, if malabsorbed, is exhaled through the lungs. See 2H-lactose test, 14C-xylose test GI disease See Urea breath test Lab medicine The testing of gases exhaled from a Pt for the presence of volatile organic compounds–VOCs.

breath test

(breth test)
1. Any diagnostic procedure in which endogenous or exogenous materials are measured in samples of breath as a means of identifying pathologic processes (e.g., hydrogen breath testing for lactose intolerance, urea breath testing to detect gastric colonization with Helicobacter pylori).
2. A test to measure alcohol consumption.

breath test

(breth test)
Any diagnostic test in which endogenous or exogenous materials are measured in samples of breath as a means of identifying pathologic processes.
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The number of breath-tests carried out as part of the campaign was down 12% compared to June 2010; drug drive tests increased by 30% to 337.
During the Christmas period there was an rise in the number of car crashes that resulted in injuries, but the percentage of positive breath-tests fell significantly from 21 per cent in 2005 to 13 per cent in 2006.
The police spokeswoman said, 'We believe the figures do not contain all the negative result breath-tests we carried out, therefore we do not feel it is fair to compare the 2002 figures to those in 1997.
Police today described the fall of more than 30 per cent in the number of positive breath-tests in the city - and a large reduction across the West Midlands - as ``very encouraging.