contract research organization
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
contract research organization,
Any privately financed, for-profit entity that performs industry-sponsored biomedical research. Health research is conducted in government-sponsored laboratories, e.g., the National Institutes of Health or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention; academic medical centers (such as those affiliated with a major university hospitals), and CROs.