x ray

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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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