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select

[si′lekt]
(computer science)
To choose a needed subroutine from a file of subroutines.
To take one alternative if the report on a condition is of one state, and another alternative if the report on the condition is of another state.
To pull from a mass of data certain items that require special attention; selection of individual cards is accomplished automatically by either the sorter or collator, according to the type of selection.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This study - the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) - was conducted by the American Medical Association.
In the larger Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (Select), 35,533 men from the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, were randomly assigned to take either selenium, vitamin E, both selenium and vitamin E, or an inactive placebo.
In late October, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) decided to halt the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) because an initial, independent review of study data showed that selenium and vitamin E supplements, taken either alone or together, did not prevent prostate cancer.