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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Estudio preclínico

Preclinical study (pree-KLIH-nih-kul STUH-dee)
Research using animals to find out if a drug, procedure, or treatment is likely to be useful. Preclinical studies take place before any testing in humans is done.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.