What Does In-situ Mean?


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Evelyn Vaz Profile
Evelyn Vaz answered
In situ is basically a Latin phrase, which means 'in the place'. It refers to many terms such as in Archaeology it refers to any kind of work of art that continues to lie in its original place where it was deposited. It also means "Still".

In terms of biology it refers to examining any kind of occurrence precisely in place where it occurs. It is considered to be something that is in between in vivo and in vitro.

In terms of literature it is considered to be or is described as a situation. In terms of genetics it means 'in the chromosome.'
Lakshmipriya Nair Profile
In situ is an archaeological term. It means "in the natural or original place". It is used when some archaeological items like a rock, fossil or soil is found or located in the very place where it was originally or last deposited. It is a Latin term which means "in place" or not removed. Thus when artifacts have not been moved from their initial position and remain in the original place of deposition.

If an artifact is 'in situ' then it is very critical in the interpretation and of that particular artifact and the culture to which the artifact belonged to or was a part of. An in situ artifact usually is very helpful in the research and study of its associated culture. This term is also used in several other fields like biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, computer science, environmental sciences, atmospheric sciences, literature, linguistics and law as per the context and its usage denotes the same meaning but serve different purposes.

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