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ambulance chasing

ambulance chasing  n.— «In 1977, Steven Weinberg, then two years shy of the Nobel Prize in Physics, decided to do a little of what some theorists call “ambulance chasing.” He heard a rumor, while spending a year at Stanford, that...

octosquid

octosquid  n.— «What appears to be a half-squid, half-octopus specimen found off Keahole Point on the Big Island remains unidentified today and could possibly be a new species, said local biologists. The specimen was found caught in a...

lopomo

lopomo  n.— «Products that idle in what the industry calls low-power mode, or lopomo, consumed about 10 percent of total electricity in California homes, according to a 2002 study prepared for the California Energy Commission by the...

wildtype

wildtype  n.— «“Our laboratory testing of the vCT using the BD ProbeTec System revealed that the vCT was as easily detected as the ’wildtype’ CT.” “Wildtype” is the term for the common circulating strain of an...

graphene

graphene  n.— «The latest craze in materials science is graphene, a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon that looks like molecular chicken wire. Graphene is the thinnest of all possible materials in the universe. It shares many of the properties...

home brew

home brew  attrib.— «Dr. Hudis is an adviser to Genomic Health, a California company that sells a similar test called Oncotype DX. Genomic Health operates under federal rules that allow tests developed by and performed in a single...