[trans-i-loo-muh-neyt, tranz-]
verb (used with object), trans·il·lu·mi·nat·ed, trans·il·lu·mi·nat·ing.
  1. to cause light to pass through.
  2. Medicine/Medical. to throw a strong light through (an organ or part) as a means of diagnosis.

Origin of transilluminate

First recorded in 1885–90; trans- + illuminate
Related formstrans·il·lu·mi·na·tion, nountrans·il·lu·mi·na·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for transilluminate


  1. (tr) med to pass a light through the wall of (a bodily cavity, membrane, etc) in order to detect fluid, lesions, etc
Derived Formstransillumination, nountransilluminator, noun
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