so·​nog·​ra·​phy sō-ˈnä-grə-fē How to pronounce sonography (audio)
: the diagnostic or therapeutic use of ultrasound (see ultrasound sense 1) and especially a noninvasive technique involving the formation of a two-dimensional image used for the examination and measurement of internal body structures and the detection of bodily abnormalities : ultrasound sense 2
cardiac sonography
To confirm that the abdomen was the site of bleeding, we performed a focused assessment with sonography for trauma …Marc A. de Moya et al.
sonographic adjective
sonographic diagnosis
a sonographic examination

Examples of sonography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also available are sonography, 3-D dermal scanning, stress-hormone testing, micronutrient analysis, a post-COVID rehabilitation program, and a host of other body, mind, and aesthetic treatments. Maria Shollenbarger, Travel + Leisure, 16 Sep. 2023 The technology first made its way into the ER via the trauma bay as a tool for a FAST (focused assessment with sonography in trauma) scan. Christopher Tedeschi, Discover Magazine, 19 June 2017 Voluson® sonography system (General Electric Healthcare, Vélizy, France), using a 12-MHz flat probe and a vaginal probe. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 12 Mar. 2014 Dennis will oversee degrees and certificates in nursing, practical nursing, medical assistant, diagnostic medical sonography, emergency medical technician, pharmacy technician, surgical technology and veterinary technology., 18 Oct. 2020 The organization raised enough money to buy two ultrasound trucks, which cost $175,000 each, one for Birmingham and one for Montgomery, with licensed sonography technicians who offer free ultrasounds for pregnant women, Blessing said. al, 19 Aug. 2020 Capron, a 22-year old sonography student, said some of her family from the Bahamas now live with her in Florida. Rima Abdelkader, NBC News, 15 Sep. 2019 Miss Bay Area 2019 This year’s Miss Bay Area is Carly Moran, who studies diagnostic medical sonography at Lone Star College campuses. Don Maines Correspondent, Houston Chronicle, 13 Aug. 2019 From at least 2013 to 2017, Mr. Abdel-Sayed claimed to teach courses on topics such as electrocardiograms, phlebotomy and sonography at the college, located in Brooklyn. David W. Chen, New York Times, 31 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sonography was in 1952

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“Sonography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


so·​nog·​ra·​phy sō-ˈnäg-rə-fē How to pronounce sonography (audio)
plural sonographies
sonographic adjective
a sonographic exam
sonographic diagnoses
sonographically adverb
The mass was identified sonographically.
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