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cohort study


Definition: a study using epidemiologic methods, such as a clinical trial, in which a cohort with a particular attribute (smokers, recipients of a drug) is followed prospectively and compared for some outcome (disease, cure) with another cohort that does not possess that attribute.

Synonym(s): follow-up study1

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