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understudy

an actor or actress who studies a part so as to be able to replace the usual actor or actress if necessary
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"This is exciting work that marks a new chapter in our efforts to understand and conquer a very bad and continually understudied disease" says nephrologist Marshall D.
A history of mania or hypomania excluded 17.2% of subjects with major depressive disorder, the investigators noted, even though "the efficacy of pharmacotherapy for bipolar depression remains remarkably understudied."
This basic sociological unit and what it does to foster community life is understudied. Also absent is the ever present debate between those advocating "creationism" versus those who advocate "evolution." Regardless of these omissions, Christiano, Santos, and Kivisto provide us with an excellent book on the sociology of religion.
One can hardly consider the story of Baptist Old Testament scholarship without exploring the work and life of Crawford Toy, the highly known but largely understudied Old Testament professor dismissed from Southern Seminary.