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CAT scan

[ kat-skan ]
/ ˈkæt ˌskæn /
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noun
an examination performed with a CAT scanner.
an x-ray image obtained by examination with a CAT scanner.
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Also CT scan [see-tee-skan] /ˈsiˈti ˌskæn/ .

Origin of CAT scan

First recorded in 1970–75; c(omputerized) a(xial) t(omography)
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Scientific definitions for CAT scan

CAT scan
[ kăt ]

Short for computerized axial tomography scan. An image of a body structure produced by computerized axial tomography.
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Cultural definitions for CAT scan

CAT scan
[ (kat) ]

A three-dimensional image of a cross section of the body made with x-rays that is useful in diagnosing disease (for example, in detecting tumors). CAT stands for computerized axial tomography, the name of the method used to produce the image.

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