dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry

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variants: or dual energy X-ray absorptiometry

Definition of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry

: absorptiometry in which the density or mass of a material (such as bone) is measured by comparing the material's absorption of X-rays of two different energies and which is used especially for determining the mineral content of bone abbreviation DEXA, DXA

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1988, in the meaning defined above

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“Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dual-energy%20X-ray%20absorptiometry. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry

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du·​al-energy X-ray absorptiometry | \ ˈd(y)ü-əl- \

Medical Definition of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry

: absorptiometry in which the density or mass of a material (such as bone or fat) is measured by comparing the material's absorption of X-rays of two different energies and which is used especially for determining the mineral content and density of bone A medical exam ascertained bone density by using dual-energy X- ray absorptiometry (DXA), a standard method of assessing the extent of osteoporosis.— Mari N. Jensen, Science News, 9 May 1998 abbreviation DEXA, DXA

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