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English to English translations [PRO] Medical - Medical (general)
English term or phrase:informed
Immunity was maintained consistently over 5 years, and GARDASIL™ will continually be informed by clinical experience about duration of immunity.
[how to understand "informed" when GARDASIL is a vaccine and not a person?]
Explanation: This is a perfectly correct though more formal use of 'inform', which means 'to shape, to give structure to someTHING'.
Let the dictionaries do the talking:
- Webster’s Third: to give character or essence to: to what extent can the practice of science inform, render more significant the objects of common sense— Gail Kennedy. a piety quietly informing the outlook of men in politics as elsewhere— W.L.Miller. b : to be the formative principle of: eternal objects inform actual occasions with hierarchic patterns— A.N.Whitehead. everything that is made from without and by dead rules, and does not spring from within through some spirit informing it— Oscar Wilde…
- Random House: to give evident substance, character, or distinction to; pervade or permeate with manifest effect: A love of nature informed his writing.
- Oxford Dictionary of English: [WITH OBJ.] give an essential or formative principle or quality to: religion informs every aspect of their lives.
- Encarta: give structure to: to give structure or substance to something
- Macmillan: to influence something such as an opinion, attitude, or style: His poetry is deeply informed by the experience of poverty.
- Web example: Experience will be informed by the developmental needs and progress of students across time.
It will very often appear in the phrase "enrich(ed) and inform(ed).
There are 546 Google examples of 'enriched and informed', 738 of 'enrich and inform'.
Explanation: I think you'll find it is being used here in an impersonal sense, to suggest that 'the knowledge-base about this drug is going to be continually supplemented by on-going feedback as a result of information gained during clinical experience'
Tony M France Local time: 21:01 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 52