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.
The researchers used whole-genome sequencing, transcriptome and epigenome data to identify and characterize mutations in 18 iPSC lines included in the iPSCORE Resource and publicly available at WiCell, a nonprofit that provides stem cell lines for research and testing.
This is partly due to the lack of precision in the methods to integrate exposure over time, the inability to characterize the attributable risk from multiple exposures (i.e., environmental toxicants, nutrition, and lifestyle choices) through life, and the lack of statistical and computational approaches to measure complex gene-environment, or gene-environment-comorbidity interactions.
According to Tom Mlinar, Alpha's v.p., of sales and services, the updated APA 2000 is unique in its ability to fully characterize polymers in a single test, measuring the dynamic mechanical properties before, during and after cure (for thermosets) or melt solidification.