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
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH scanscam, scan
Definition for scan (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for scan
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