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characterization

A rather long and fancy word for analyzing a system or process and measuring its "characteristics." For example, a Web characterization would yield the number of current sites on the Web, types of sites, annual growth, etc.
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Characterisation of rotaviruses from children treated at a London hospital during 1996: Emergence of strains G9P2A[6] and G3P2A[6].
Part 1 Advanced characterisation techniques for polymer electrolyte membrane and direct methanol fuel cells: Extended X-ray absorption structure (EXAFS) technique for low temperature fuel cell characterisation
The volume covers several aspects of the structural and chemical characterisation of the materials in the following areas: metals, alloys, ceramics, steels, composites, polymeric compounds, welding, nanomaterials and surface coatings, among others.