ab·​sorp·​ti·​om·​e·​try əb-ˌsȯrp-shē-ˈä-mə-trē How to pronounce absorptiometry (audio)
: 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 In each study, bone density was measured at the spine and the hip using Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, or DEXA scan. Christina Jewett, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2022 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of absorptiometry was in 1950

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“Absorptiometry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorptiometry. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


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