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x-ray

[eks-rey] /ˈɛksˌreɪ/
noun, Also, x ray, X ray
1.
Physics.
  1. Often, x-rays. a form of electromagnetic radiation, similar to light but of shorter wavelength and capable of penetrating solids and of ionizing gases.
  2. such radiation having wavelengths in the range of approximately 0.1–10 nm.
2.
a radiograph made by x-rays.
3.
(initial capital letter) a word in communications to represent the letter X.
verb (used with object)
4.
to examine, photograph, or treat with x-rays.
adjective
5.
of or pertaining to x-rays.
Also, X-ray.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; translation of German X-Strahl (1895), the name orig. given to the rays by Röntgen, their discoverer, x signifying their unknown nature
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Examples for x-ray
  • Not all x-ray scanning equipment operate as described in this article.
  • Technicians can date paint from its chemical composition, for example, or x-ray a canvas to reveal what lies below the surface.
  • These benign tumors are monitored periodically by x-ray.
  • The scanner always makes a noise, but it is not always taking an x-ray.
  • The floors of the x-ray room are piled high with discarded film.
  • He had to wait a few minutes for his pat-down, in a cordoned-off area about a yard square right next to the x-ray machine.
  • In a nation without universal health care, you should be happy for the free x-ray.
  • To parody a song, you have to listen to it with x-ray ears.
  • But when she was seen struggling with a large bag at check-in, airport officials decided to x-ray her luggage.
  • They had expected to find perhaps one such x-ray source in the area, but instead found six.
British Dictionary definitions for x-ray

X-ray

noun
1.
  1. electromagnetic radiation emitted when matter is bombarded with fast electrons. X-rays have wavelengths shorter than that of ultraviolet radiation, that is less than about 1 × 10–8 metres. They extend to indefinitely short wavelengths, but below about 1 × 10–11 metres they are often called gamma radiation
  2. (as modifier) X-ray astronomy
2.
a picture produced by exposing photographic film to X-rays: used in medicine as a diagnostic aid as parts of the body, such as bones, absorb X-rays and so appear as opaque areas on the picture
3.
(usually capital) (communications) a code word for the letter x
verb (transitive)
4.
to photograph (part of the body, etc) using X-rays
5.
to treat or examine by means of X-rays
Word Origin
C19: partial translation of German X-Strahlen (from Strahl ray), coined by W. K. Roentgen in 1895
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Word Origin and History for x-ray
X-ray
1896, translation of Ger. X-strahl, from X, algebraic symbol for an unknown quantity, + Strahl (pl. Strahlen) "beam, ray." Coined 1895 by Ger. scientist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845-1923), who discovered them.
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x-ray in Medicine

x-ray or X-ray
n. or x ray or X ray

  1. A relatively high-energy photon with wavelength in the approximate range from 0.01 to 10 nanometers. Also called roentgen ray.

  2. A stream of such photons used for their penetrating power in radiography, radiology, radiotherapy, and scientific research. Often used in the plural. Also called roentgen ray.

  3. A photograph taken with x-rays.

v. x-rayed or X-rayed, x-ray·ing or X-ray·ing, x-rays or X-rays
  1. To irradiate with x-rays.

  2. To photograph with x-rays.

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x-ray in Science
x-ray also X-ray
  (ěks'rā')   
  1. A high-energy stream of electromagnetic radiation having a frequency higher than that of ultraviolet light but less than that of a gamma ray (in the range of approximately 1016 to 1019 hertz). X-rays are absorbed by many forms of matter, including body tissues, and are used in medicine and industry to produce images of internal structures. See more at electromagnetic spectrum.

  2. An image of an internal structure, such as a body part, taken with x-rays.


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x-ray in Culture

x-ray definition


A form of electromagnetic radiation with very high frequency and energy. X-rays lie between ultraviolet radiation and gamma radiation on the electromagnetic spectrum.

Note: Because x-rays can travel through solid material and affect photographic plates, they are widely used in diagnosing medical problems.
Note: Objects in the sky also send out x-rays in processes that use very high energy.

x-ray definition


A photograph or image obtained through the use of x-rays. An x-ray is taken when an image of internal body structures (such as bones or organs) is needed to diagnose disease or determine the extent of injuries.

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