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“X-ray” in British English

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X-raynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈeks.reɪ/ us /ˈeks.reɪ/

a type of radiation that can go through many solid substances, allowing hidden objects such as bones and organs in the body to be photographed

B2 a photograph of a part of the body made using X-rays:

The X-ray showed a slight irregularity in one lung.

an examination of a part of the body by taking and studying an X-ray photograph:

She had an X-ray to see if any of her ribs were broken.

More examples

  • The tumour showed up on the X-ray.
  • I had to have an X-ray on my arm.
X-ray
verb [ T ] uk us

His hip had to be X-rayed.

(Definition of “X-ray” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“X-ray” in American English

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X-raynoun [ C ]

us /ˈeksˌreɪ/

a type of radiation (= energy in movement) that can go through many solid substances, allowing hidden objects such as bones in the body to be photographed

An X-ray is also a photograph of a part of the body made by using X-rays:

Fortunately the X-rays showed no broken bones.
X-ray
verb [ T ] us /ˈeksˌreɪ/

All luggage has to be X-rayed before you can board the plane.

(Definition of “X-ray” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)