verb (used with object), scanned, scan·ning.
verb (used without object), scanned, scan·ning.
- examination of the body or an organ or part, or a biologically active material, by means of a technique such as computed axial tomography, nuclear magnetic resonance, ultrasonography, or scintigraphy.
- the image or display so obtained.
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Origin of scan
OTHER WORDS FROM scanscan·na·ble, adjectiveself-scanned, adjectiveun·scan·na·ble, adjectiveun·scanned, adjective
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How to use scan in a sentence
As you are doing a scan, you see examples of real hearts, comparing the scan you just acquired to hearts with varying degrees of contraction, an indication of heart function.Training clinicians to spot heart failure in covid-19 patients|Tate Ryan-Mosley|August 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Currently, scans frequently take more than half an hour, and children are often sedated or anesthetized to help doctors capture good images.Facebook and NYU researchers discover a way to speed up MRI scans|Jeremy Kahn|August 18, 2020|Fortune
These products film students in their homes and often require them to complete “room scans,” which involve using their camera to show their surroundings.
Brain scans have detected the so-called “neural correlates” of breakfast, neuronal activity correlated with, say the consumption of a cantaloupe.The Hard Problem of Breakfast - Issue 88: Love & Sex|Jonathan Bines|August 5, 2020|Nautilus
In April, astronauts on board the space station successfully used the software to perform kidney and bladder ultrasound scans without help from ground control.What will astronauts need to survive the dangerous journey to Mars?|Maria Temming|July 15, 2020|Science News
Not long after I was finally diagnosed, my doctor ordered a bone density scan.
His first prescription when I saw him was to have the CAT scan test that I had been forced to postpone for a month and a half.
The fMRI scan measures blood flow in the brain, and can sense when certain areas are activated.Welcome to Generation Overshare: Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Self-Disclosure|Marlow Stern|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Prince William was seen clutching an envelope, when they left, most likely containing images of the scan.
If this was indeed the 12-week scan, we wil probably soon get an announcement from the palace concerning Kate's due date.Kate Middleton Pictured Leaving Clinic: New Privacy Row|Tom Sykes|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I could hardly believe the verses would scan by daylight, but I can't find a mistake.The Daisy Chain|Charlotte Yonge
Scan the line by reading—Glorius virgn', of all-e flur-es flur.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
In his capacity of Indian agent Walter Lowell often had occasion to scan the business deals of his more progressive wards.Mystery Ranch|Arthur Chapman
Who has not devoured the classical dictionary before he has learned to scan the lines of Homer or of Virgil?Beacon Lights of History, Volume I|John Lord
Still the host pressed on, though, far back as eye might scan, the carcasses and the crows marked out the line of marching.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
British Dictionary definitions for scan
verb scans, scanning or scanned
- the examination of a part of the body by means of a scannera brain scan; ultrasound scan
- the image produced by a scanner