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ra·​dio·​graph ˈrā-dē-ō-ˌgraf How to pronounce radiograph (audio)
: a picture produced on a sensitive surface by a form of radiation other than visible light
specifically : an X-ray or gamma ray photograph
radiographic adjective
radiographically adverb


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radiographed; radiographing; radiographs

transitive verb

: to make a radiograph of

Example Sentences

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The team at Caseville Small Animal Clinic gave Harley a radiograph; sure enough, there was the Fitbit. Brandon Livesay, Peoplemag, 17 Mar. 2023 Another video shows one of the doctors holding the radiograph from an X-ray up to the light for close examination. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 10 Feb. 2023 The position of patients during the anteroposterior pelvis radiograph may explain this observation. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 20 May 2011 Examination revealed a tooth in the right nasal cavity, confirmed by a lateral cephalogram radiograph. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 31 July 2015 Man with syncopal episodes and abnormal chest radiograph findings. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 1 May 2015 The studies, which were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, used either radiograph or MRI images to track the progression of osteoarthritis in the knees of patients. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 29 Nov. 2022 The mummified remains of the snake were not definitely identified as a snake until a 2009 radiograph, courtesy of a local veterinary clinic, revealed it to be coiled up inside. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 21 Aug. 2020 In discussing Ambika’s overall quality of life, the elephant and veterinary team strongly considered Ambika’s gait, blood-work parameters, radiographs, progressions of her lesions and her tendency to occasionally isolate from Shanthi and Bozie. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Mar. 2020
Mac Donald’s remains were identified using anthropological, dental, and chest radiograph analysis, the release said. J.d. Capelouto,, 15 June 2018 Functional instability, grossly simplified, is the feeling of ‘giving way’ while stress radiographs might show a relatively stable joint., 25 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1896, in the meaning defined above


1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of radiograph was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Radiograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


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ra·​dio·​graph -ˌgraf How to pronounce radiograph (audio)
: an X-ray or gamma-ray photograph


2 of 2 transitive verb
: to make a radiograph of
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