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, 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, 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 7 Aug. 2022.

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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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