1. a technique for imitating an embossed appearance, as on business cards, stationery, or the like, by dusting printed areas with a powder that adheres only to the wet ink, and fusing the ink and powder to the paper by heat.
  2. Medicine/Medical. a technique for measuring regional skin temperatures, used especially as a screening method for detection of breast cancer.

Origin of thermography

First recorded in 1830–40; thermo- + -graphy
Related formsther·mog·ra·pher, nounther·mo·graph·ic [thur-muh-graf-ik] /ˌθɜr məˈgræf ɪk/, adjectivether·mo·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for thermography


  1. any writing, printing, or recording process involving the use of heat
  2. a printing process which produces raised characters by heating special powder or ink placed on the paper
  3. med the measurement and recording of heat produced by a part of the body: used in the diagnosis of tumours, esp of the breast (mammothermography), which have an increased blood supply and therefore generate more heat than normal tissueSee also thermogram
Derived Formsthermographer, nounthermographic (ˌθɜːməʊˈɡræfɪk), adjective
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thermography in Medicine


  1. A diagnostic technique in which an infrared camera is used to measure temperature variations on the surface of the body, producing images that reveal sites of abnormal tissue growth.
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