Glossary Term:

Title

fluorescent in situ hybridization

Phonetic

floo-<b>res</b>-uhnt in <b>sy</b>-too <b>hi</b>-brid-ih-<b>ZAY</b>-shun

Description

a test that can help look at chromosomes. It uses special fluorescent dyes that only attach to certain parts of chromosomes and can find specific deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequences. It can be used to diagnose, to evaluate prognosis (disease outlook), or to look at the remission of a disease. See also chromosome, cytogenetics, deoxyribonucleic acid, remission.