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gold stan·dardthe term criterion standard is preferred in medical writing.
Term used to describe a method or procedure that is widely recognized as the best available.
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gold standardCriterion standard The best or most successful diagnostic or therapeutic modality for a condition, against which new tests or results and protocols are compared. See Standard of practice, Practice guidelines.
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gold stan·dard(gōld stan'dărd)
Jargonistic term meaning ideal or basic measurement; usage best avoided.
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