ultrasound

noun
ul·​tra·​sound | \ ˈəl-trə-ˌsau̇nd How to pronounce ultrasound (audio) \

Definition of ultrasound

1 : vibrations of the same physical nature as sound but with frequencies above the range of human hearing
2 : the diagnostic or therapeutic use of ultrasound 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

called also sonography

3 : a diagnostic examination using ultrasound

Examples of ultrasound in a Sentence

They used ultrasound to examine his heart. She had an ultrasound exam this morning. She had an ultrasound this morning. She showed me an ultrasound of her unborn baby.
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Recent Examples on the Web This led to a series of tests, including a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy. NBC News, "Why Black women face disproportionate rates of breast cancer," 11 Oct. 2020 Again, at his wife’s urging, Morris scheduled a visit with Dr. Dixie Melillo at The Rose, a breast cancer diagnostic center in Houston, and a mammogram and ultrasound suggested a malignancy. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Survivor uses humor to spread message about male breast cancer," 8 Oct. 2020 Generally, Tauschek said, no more than 10 percent of patients should be called back for a diagnostic mammogram or ultrasound. Anchorage Daily News, "Afraid of getting a mammogram? You’re not alone.," 5 Oct. 2020 Yesterday, Chrissy Teigen shared a video of her recent ultrasound to Instagram. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chrissy Teigen's Ultrasound Had a Little Help from 4-Year-Old Luna," 8 Sep. 2020 Yet another ultrasound, our anxiety both painfully new and terribly familiar. Sarah Stewart Johnson, The New Yorker, "A Scientist’s Reckoning with the Cruelty of Chance," 4 Oct. 2020 The plan is to donate an ultrasound machine in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Diocese of Norwich and Diocese of Bridgeport. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 2 Oct. 2020 In the procedure using the Ellipsys Vascular System, a catheter is inserted into a patients arm and guided by ultrasound to join a vein and artery into an AV fistula. Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Medtronic to acquire medical device company that treats end-stage renal disease," 2 Oct. 2020 Following the clinical exam, the doctor may perform an ultrasound, which can help determine whether a lump is smooth or irregular, and solid or fluid-filled. Jenny Mccoy, Glamour, "What a Lump in Your Breast Could Mean (Besides Cancer)," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of ultrasound

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ultrasound was in 1923

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18 Oct 2020

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“Ultrasound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultrasound. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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ultrasound

noun
How to pronounce ultrasound (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ultrasound

: a type of sound that is too high for humans to hear
medical : a method of producing images of the inside of the body by using a machine that produces sound waves which are too high to be heard
: an image that is made using ultrasound

ultrasound

noun
ul·​tra·​sound | \ ˈəl-trə-ˌsau̇nd How to pronounce ultrasound (audio) \

Medical Definition of ultrasound

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : vibrations of the same physical nature as sound but with frequencies above the range of human hearing — compare infrasound
2 : the diagnostic or therapeutic use of ultrasound 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

called also echography, sonography, ultrasonography

3 : a diagnostic examination using ultrasound

ultrasound

adjective

Medical Definition of ultrasound (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, performed by, using, or specializing in ultrasound an ultrasound technician ultrasound imaging

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