In vivo

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A procedure which is in vivo is one which takes place using a whole, living organism as opposed to a partial or dead organism, or an in vitro experiment. This type of procedure is required in order to simulate a real-life situation, i.e. what would happen under realistic conditions.

References

[1] http://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/in%20vivo

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_vivo