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Definition of "x-raying" []

  • Electromagnetic radiation emitted when matter is bombarded with fast electrons. X-rays have wavelengths shorter than that of ultraviolet radiation, that is less than about 1 × 10–8 metres. They extend to indefinitely short wavelengths, but below about 1 × 10–11 metres they are often called gamma radiation (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A picture produced by exposing photographic film to X-rays: used in medicine as a diagnostic aid as parts of the body, such as bones, absorb X-rays and so appear as opaque areas on the picture (noun)
  • A code word for the letter x (noun)
  • To photograph (part of the body, etc) using X-rays (verb)
  • To treat or examine by means of X-rays (verb)
  • Obtaining images by the use of X rays (noun)

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WordNet. Princeton University. 2010.

Use "x-raying" in a sentence
  • "While I echo the sentiments of Pat and others, I must say that using “intelligence” to screen more people named “Umar” from abroad is a significantly better plan than x-raying* all of our crotches, breasts, and love-handles."
  • "So contrary were her findings to what everyone was sure of that doctors went right on x-raying pregnant women."
  • "Stewart hung in there, proving her case, but it took until the 1980s before doctors stopped x-raying pregnant women, all the while "experts" were reassuring us that the technology was safe."