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

Examples of absorptiometry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Get a bone density test Several technologies measure bone density, but dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, known as DEXA, is the most common. Sheryl Jean, Dallas News, "5 tips to strengthen your bones," 2 Mar. 2020 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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“Absorptiometry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorptiometry. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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