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postulate

 [pos´tu-lat]
anything assumed or taken for granted.
postulate of causality the postulate that every phenomenon has a cause or causes; i.e., that events do not occur at random but in accordance with physical laws so that in principle causes can be found for each effect.
Koch's p's a statement of the kind of experimental evidence required to establish the causative relation of a given microorganism to a given disease. The conditions are: 1, the microorganism is present in every case of the disease; 2, it is to be cultivated in pure culture; 3, inoculation of such culture must produce the disease in susceptible animals; 4, it must be obtained from such animals, and again grown in a pure culture.

pos·tu·late

(pos'tyū-lāt),
A proposition that is taken as self evident or assumed without proof, as a basis for further analysis.
See also: hypothesis, theory.
[L. postulo, pp. -atus, to demand]

postulate

/pos·tu·late/ (pos´choo-lāt) anything assumed or taken for granted.

postulate

[pos′chəlāt]
Etymology: L, postulare, to demand
a hypothesis that is offered as true without proof or as a basis for argument or debate.

pos·tu·late

(pos'chū-lăt)
A proposition that is taken as self-evident or assumed without proof as a basis for further analysis.
See also: hypothesis, theory
[L. postulo, pp. -atus, to demand]

postulate

anything assumed or taken for granted.

Koch's p's
see koch's postulates.
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Seismological measurements indicate that the core is less dense than would be expected for pure iron or an iron-nickel combination, and researchers have postulated that the presence of lighter elements, such as potassium, hydrogen, or carbon, would account for the discrepancy.
Researchers have recently postulated, but have not been able to confirm, that ADHD is very often linked to a biochemical disorder in levels of dopamine, a primary neurotransmitter in the brain.
In 1974, Molina and Rowland postulated that human-made chlorofluorocarbons--widely used in spray cans, refrigerators, and air conditioners--could, in the stratosphere, transform into ozone-depleting agents.