lag time definition

Michel Desbiens mdesbien at agr.gouv.qc.ca
Mon Jul 21 10:33:00 EST 1997

The lag time is a well-known qualitative concept. In predictive =
microbiology, the lag time is sometimes expressed in magnitude for =
calculations. We can find in the literature many definitions: the moment =
at which toxin is first detected, or at which the population double, =
etc. But does a universal definition of this expression exist ? In other =
words, at what precise moment does the lag phase finish and the growth =
phase of a bacteria begin ?  

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