verb (used with object), scanned, scan·ning.

verb (used without object), scanned, scan·ning.


Nearby words

  1. scamp,
  2. scamper,
  3. scampi,
  4. scamster,
  5. scamto,
  6. scan.,
  7. scand,
  8. scand.,
  9. scandal,
  10. scandal sheet

Origin of scan

1350–1400; Middle English scannen, variant of *scanden < Late Latin scandere to scan verse, Latin: to climb (see ascend)

Related formsscan·na·ble, adjectiveself-scanned, adjectiveun·scan·na·ble, adjectiveun·scanned, adjective

Can be confusedscam scan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scanned


verb scans, scanning or scanned

(tr) to scrutinize minutely
(tr) to glance over quickly
(tr) prosody to read or analyse (verse) according to the rules of metre and versification
(intr) prosody to conform to the rules of metre and versification
(tr) electronics to move a beam of light, electrons, etc, in a predetermined pattern over (a surface or region) to obtain information, esp either to sense and transmit or to reproduce a television image
(tr) to examine data stored on (magnetic tape, etc), usually in order to retrieve information
to examine or search (a prescribed region) by systematically varying the direction of a radar or sonar beam
physics to examine or produce or be examined or produced by a continuous charge of some variableto scan a spectrum
med to obtain an image of (a part of the body) by means of a scanner


the act or an instance of scanning
  1. the examination of a part of the body by means of a scannera brain scan; ultrasound scan
  2. the image produced by a scanner
Derived Formsscannable, adjective

Word Origin for scan

C14: from Late Latin scandere to scan (verse), from Latin: to climb

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Word Origin and History for scanned
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Medicine definitions for scanned




To move a finely focused beam of light or electrons in a systematic pattern over a surface in order to reproduce or sense and subsequently transmit an image.
To examine a body or a body part with a CAT scanner or similar scanning apparatus.
To search stored computer data automatically for specific data.


The act or an instance of scanning.
Examination of a body or body part by a CAT scanner or similar scanning apparatus.
A picture or an image that is produced by this means.
Related formsscanna•ble adj.scanner n.

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