ultrasonic

adjective ul·tra·son·ic \ ˌəl-trə-ˈsä-nik \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

Definition of ultrasonic

1 : having a frequency above the human ear's audibility limit of about 20,000 hertz used of waves and vibrations
2 : utilizing, produced by, or relating to ultrasonic waves or vibrations

ultrasonically

play \ˌəl-trə-ˈsä-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Ultrasound, or ultrasonography, works on the principle that sound is reflected at different speeds by tissues or substances of different densities. Ultrasound technology has been used medically since the 1940s. Sonograms, the pictures produced by ultrasound, can reveal heart defects, tumors, and gallstones; since low-power ultrasonic waves don't present any risks to a body, they're most often used to display fetuses during pregnancy in order to make sure they're healthy. Ultrasonics has many other uses, including underwater sonar sensing. High-power ultrasonics are so intense that they're actually used for drilling and welding.

First Known Use of ultrasonic

1923

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ULTRASONIC Defined for English Language Learners

ultrasonic

Definition of ultrasonic for English Language Learners

  • —used to describe sounds that are too high for humans to hear


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ultrasonic

adjective ul·tra·son·ic \ -ˈsän-ik \

medical Definition of ultrasonic

1 a : having a frequency above the human ear's audibility limit of about 20,000 hertz used of waves and vibrations
b : utilizing, produced by, or relating to ultrasonic waves or vibrations
  • removal of tartar with an ultrasonic scaler

ultrasonically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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