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[floo r-uh-skohp, flawr-, flohr-]
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  1. a tube or box fitted with a screen coated with a fluorescent substance, used for viewing objects, especially deep body structures, by means of x-ray or other radiation.
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Origin of fluoroscope

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; fluoro- + -scope
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Related Words for fluoroscope

radioactivity, radiograph, actinism, encephalogram, fluoroscope, refractometry

Examples from the Web for fluoroscope

Historical Examples of fluoroscope

  • Associated words: fluoroscope, fluoroscopy, cryptoscopy, cryptoscope.

    Putnam's Word Book

    Louis A. Flemming

  • Fig. 220-A shows a fluoroscope that contains a screen covered with proper chemicals.

    Things a Boy Should Know About Electricity

    Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John

  • I could see the bones of my fingers as I held them up between the X-ray tube and the fluoroscope.

    The Silent Bullet

    Arthur B. Reeve

  • Subperiosteal hemorrhage may be clearly seen by means of the fluoroscope or in X-ray photographs (Figs. 16 and 17).

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess

  • A device, invented by Edison and called the “fluoroscope,” was constructed on substantially the same principle.

British Dictionary definitions for fluoroscope


  1. a device consisting of a fluorescent screen and an X-ray source that enables an X-ray image of an object, person, or part to be observed directly
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Derived Formsfluoroscopic (ˌflʊərəˈskɒpɪk), adjectivefluoroscopically, adverb
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fluoroscope in Medicine


(flurə-skōp′, flôr-)
  1. A device equipped with a fluorescent screen on which the internal structures of an optically opaque object, such as the human body, may be continuously viewed as shadowy images formed by the differential transmission of x-rays through the object.
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  1. To examine the interior of a body with a fluoroscope.
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Related formsfluor′o•scopic (-skŏpĭk) adj.
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fluoroscope in Science


  1. A radiologic instrument equipped with a fluorescent screen on which opaque internal structures can be viewed as moving shadow images formed by the differential transmission of x-rays through the body.
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Related formsfluoroscopy noun (flu-rŏskə-pē)
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