verb[WITH OBJECT]Medicine Biology
Determine the quantity or extent of (something in numerical terms); quantify:‘damage to the target cells was quantitated by fluorescence microscopy’
- ‘Plasma PS has been quantitated by immunologic and functional assays.’
- ‘Staining was quantitated and correlated with histologic subtype and mitotic index.’
- ‘The polymerase chain reaction assay, branched DNA assay and nucleic acid sequence-based amplification assay quantitate human immunodeficiency virus RNA levels.’
- ‘In all specimens, mitotic index was quantitated by counting the number of mitoses per twenty 100X oil immersion fields in areas of highest mitotic activity.’
- ‘For all treatments, plasma membrane cholesterol levels were quantitated by filipin staining as previously described.’
1960s: from quantity + -ate.
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