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any testing procedure designed to separate people or objects according to a fixed characteristic or property, with the intention of detecting early evidence of disease.
screen·ing test(skrēn'ing test)
Any testing procedure designed to separate people or objects according to a fixed characteristic or property.
1. examination of a large sample of animals in a population in order to detect the presence of disease or to ascertain the prevalence of certain diseases, such as tuberculosis or diabetes mellitus.
2. in diagnostic tests the use of a test which has a high sensitivity but often only a moderate specificity. Usually this is a quick and cheap test which is followed by a more expensive but more accurate test carried out on the positive reactors to the screening test.
3. fluoroscopy or image intensification (Great Britain).
using biochemical tests for purposes of detecting the presence of a disease.
multiphasic screening, multiple screening
simultaneous examination of a population for several different diseases.
screening of a population with a preventive medical program in prospect.
any test, e.g. tuberculin, brucellosis tests, used to screen a population.