transilluminate

[ trans-i-loo-muh-neyt, tranz- ]
/ ˌtræns ɪˈlu məˌneɪt, ˌtrænz- /

verb (used with object), trans·il·lu·mi·nat·ed, trans·il·lu·mi·nat·ing.

to cause light to pass through.
Medicine/Medical. to throw a strong light through (an organ or part) as a means of diagnosis.

Nearby words

  1. transient modulation,
  2. transient synovitis,
  3. transiently,
  4. transignification,
  5. transilient,
  6. transistor,
  7. transistorize,
  8. transit,
  9. transit camp,
  10. transit circle

Origin of transilluminate

First recorded in 1885–90; trans- + illuminate

Related formstrans·il·lu·mi·na·tion, nountrans·il·lu·mi·na·tor, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for transilluminate

transilluminate

/ (ˌtrænzɪˈluːmɪˌneɪt) /

verb

(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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