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Definition of Bx

Bx: Abbreviation for biopsy, the removal of a sample of tissue for examination or other study.

Biopsies are most frequently studied by use of a microscope to check for possible abnormalities such as inflammation or cancer. A biopsy may also be used for specialized purposes such as to start cell cultures to analyze a genetic disease or the process of aging in the laboratory.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=9959
Last Editorial Review: 10/9/2012

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