A portion or piece of a whole. A selected subset of a population or subset of whatever is being studied. For example, in a study of people the sample is a number of people chosen from a larger population [see population]. An environmental sample (for example, a small amount of soil or water) might be collected to measure contamination in the environment at a specific location.

Source: ATSDR Glossary of Terms  

Related words:

Contaminant(s) - Population


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Français: Echantillon

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