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1. informal A shortening of "statistic," usually used in plural constructions. I found some interesting stats on declining birthrates in certain geographical regions of the world.
2. Right away; without delay. A shortening of the Latin term "statim," used especially in medicine (or as a parody of such usage). I'm losing the patient. I need 10 CCs of epinephrine, stat! Uh oh, I'm starting to feel sober. I need a pint and a shot of whiskey, stat!
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1. n. a thermostat. (see also stats.) I’m afraid you need a new stat.
2. and STAT mod. a medical notation meaning “immediately.” (From Latin statim “immediately.”) The order is marked stat, so do it now.


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n. statistics. The stats are expected to show that the trade balance is growing steadily worse.
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Meridian Bioscience, Inc., (Nasdaq:VIVO), Cincinnati, has begun international distribution of its patent protected ImmunoCard Stat! HpSA rapid test for Helicobacter pylori bacteria, the primary cause of stomach ulcers.
ImmunoCard STAT! Adenovirus is a rapid point-of-care test for direct detection of the virus that can cause conjunctivitis, pharyngitis, or gastrointestinal disease.
TFB continues to build a strong distribution network for Meridian's products in Japan and we look forward to the launch of the ImmunoCard STAT! Adenovirus test in the third quarter of fiscal 2002."