ab·​sorp·​ti·​om·​e·​try | \ əb-ˌsȯrp-shē-ˈä-mə-trē How to pronounce absorptiometry (audio) , -ˌzȯrp-\

Definition of absorptiometry

: measurement of the amount of radiation absorbed (as by living tissue) especially to determine density — compare dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry

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Victoria’s results: 23.4% Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry is typically used to measure bone density, but can be used to examine muscle and fat, too. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "Fitness Star Anna Victoria Doesn’t Weigh Herself. Here’s the Number She Pays Attention to Instead," 20 July 2017

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First Known Use of absorptiometry

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for absorptiometry

absorptio(n) + -metry (after German Absorptiometrie)

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ab·​sorp·​ti·​om·​e·​try | \ -ˈäm-ə-trē How to pronounce absorptiometry (audio) \
plural absorptiometries

Medical Definition of absorptiometry

: the use of an absorptiometer to determine the amount of radiation absorbed (as by living tissue) — see dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, dual photon absorptiometry, single photon absorptiometry

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