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View in Spanish: Valores de referencia

Reference values (REH-frents VAL-yooz)
In medicine, a set of values that a doctor uses to interpret a patient’s test results. The reference values for a given test is based on test results for 95% of the healthy population. Sometimes patients whose test results are outside of the reference values may be healthy, and some patients whose test results are within the reference values may have a health problem. The reference values for a test may be different for different groups of people (for example, men and women). Also called normal range, reference interval, and reference range.

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