"Grossing" refers to the initial examination/evaluation of specimens. Once a specimen is sent to the lab, a gross (macroscopic, as opposed to microscopic) exam is done. Measurements, anatomy, abnormalities, characteristics of the entire specimen is noted/dictated. Then, portions are taken as sections for histology/microscopic evaluation.
Like Circumflex said.. its is everything after they remove the specimen from surgery until the glass slide is made (ok histology is in there too but if he doesn't know what grossing is...)If thou couldst, doctor, cast The water of my land, find her disease, And purge it to a sound and pristine health"
This has to be a joke.
In case you're still looking, go get the latest edition of Lester's Manual of Surgical Pathology out of your library.. chapter 2 is all about specimen processing. Of course, this is sort of like reading a football rulebook vs. watching a game.. you'll pick it up quickly.
why does this have to be a joke? The OP didn't know exactly what the term meant and turned to this forum to try and gain some enlightenment before starting a rotation. I would ask you where a young med student can get this type of vernacular down without themselves having spent time with a pathologist?