contrast medium


noun Medicine/Medical.

a radiopaque substance injected into a part of the body, as the stomach or duodenum, to provide a contrasting background for the tissues in an x-ray or fluoroscopic examination.

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Origin of contrast medium

First recorded in 1950–55
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British Dictionary definitions for contrast medium

contrast medium

noun

med a radiopaque substance, such as barium sulphate, used to increase the contrast of an image in radiography
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Medical definitions for contrast medium

contrast medium

n.

A substance, such as barium or air, used in radiography to increase the contrast of an image. A positive contrast medium absorbs x-rays more strongly than the tissue or structure being examined; a negative contrast medium, less strongly.contrast agent
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Scientific definitions for contrast medium

contrast medium
[ kŏntrăst′ ]

A substance, such as barium or air, used in radiologic studies to increase the contrast of an image. In x-ray imaging, a positive contrast medium absorbs x-rays more strongly than the tissue or structure being examined; a negative contrast medium, less strongly.
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