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View in Spanish: Estudio prospectivo de cohorte

Prospective cohort study (proh-SPEK-tiv KOH-hort STUH-dee)
A research study that follows over time groups of individuals who are alike in many ways but differ by a certain characteristic (for example, female nurses who smoke and those who do not smoke) and compares them for a particular outcome (such as lung cancer).

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