in biotechnology
A specific DNA or RNAsequence which has been labelled by radioactivity, fluorescence labels or chemiluminescence labels and which is used to detect complementary sequences by hybridization techniques such as blotting or colony hybridization.
PAC, 1992, 64, 143 (Glossary for chemists of terms used in biotechnology (IUPAC Recommendations 1992)) on page 163