CAT scanner

[ kat-skan-er ]
/ ˈkæt ˌskæn ər /

noun Computers, Medicine/Medical.

a specialized x-ray instrument that displays computerized cross-sectional images (CAT scans) of the body, providing a noninvasive means of visualizing the brain, lungs, liver, spleen, and other soft tissue.

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Also called CT scan·ner [see-tee-skan-er] /ˈsiˈti ˌskæn ər/ .

Origin of CAT scanner

First recorded in 1980–85; CAT scan + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for CAT scanner

CAT scanner
/ (kæt) /

noun

former name for CT scanner

Word Origin for CAT scanner

C20: (C) omputerized (A) xial (T) omography
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Medical definitions for CAT scanner

CAT scanner

n.

A device that uses computerized axial tomography to produce cross-sectional views of an internal body structure.CT scanner
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