Primary sample

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Primary sample


The primary sample or specimen is a set of one or more parts initially taken from an object. In some countries, the term “specimen” is used instead of primary sample (or a subsample of it), which is the sample prepared for sending to, or as received by, the laboratory and which is intended for examination.

Reference: ISO 15189:2012 Medical laboratories — Particular requirements for quality and competence

MitoPedia concepts: MitoFit Quality Control System 

Sample: one or more parts taken from a heterogenous object and intended to provide information on the object as a whole.