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Glossary: immunochemical fecal occult blood test, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

immunochemical fecal occult blood test

(IH-myoo-noh-KEH-mih-kul FEE-kul uh-KULT...)

A test to check for blood in the stool. A brush is used to collect water drops from around the surface of a stool while it is still in the toilet bowl. The samples are then sent to a laboratory, where they are checked for a human blood protein. Blood in the stool may be a sign of colorectal cancer. Also called iFOBT, immunoassay fecal occult blood test, and immunologic fecal occult blood test.

2005-03-24

2009-02-05