Any investigation or inspection made for the purpose of diagnosis; usually qualified by the method used.
cytologic e. microscopic examination of cells, especially for diagnosis of disease.
EMG e. 1. needle electrode examination portion of the electrodiagnostic examination (limited sense); 2. synonym for entire electrodiagnostic examination, including not only the needle electrode examination (electromyogram proper), but the nerve conduction studies as well (expanded sense).
Papanicolaou e. See Pap test.
physical e. e. by means such as visual inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation to collect information for diagnosis.
postmortem e. autopsy
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