Pronunciation: as′sā, ă-sā′
- The quantitative or qualitative evaluation of a substance for impurities, toxicity, or other characteristics; the results of such an evaluation.
- To examine; to subject to analysis.
- Test of purity; trial.
[M.E., fr. O.Fr. essaier, fr. L.L. exagium, a weighing]
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Examples: glitazone, GI cocktail, etc.