Embedded in toto

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Embedded in toto, abbreviated EIT, means the specimen provided was submitted entirely for microscopic examination, i.e. there is no remaining tissue what was not submitted for microscopy.

This is also known as submitted in total,[1] and submitted in toto.[2]

EIT is the rule for small specimens that fit in one cassette. In large specimens, e.g. a colectomy, it is practically never done.

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  1. Yantiss, RK.; Shia, J.; Klimstra, DS.; Hahn, HP.; Odze, RD.; Misdraji, J. (Feb 2009). "Prognostic significance of localized extra-appendiceal mucin deposition in appendiceal mucinous neoplasms.". Am J Surg Pathol 33 (2): 248-55. doi:10.1097/PAS.0b013e31817ec31e. PMID 18852679.
  2. URL: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/in+toto. Accessed on: 27 September 2013.