radioactive label

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something that identifies; an identifying mark or tag.
radioactive label a radioisotope that is incorporated into a compound to mark it.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

radioactive label

any substance that emits an ionizing radiation which is detectable and can be used to locate it.
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Furthermore, previous attempts to demonstrate FCPC synthesis with radioactive labels in the slugs have not yielded positive results (Pierce et al., 1996).
Similar results were observed in cancer cells filled with the radioactive labels and normal ones that were not.
Its antibodies home in on the tumours, and also carry radioactive labels which kill off the cancerous cells.
Although there are other ways to noninvasively track cells, such as by slipping radioactive labels into target cells, those methods aren't as precise at locating the cells as MRI is, Bulte says.

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