Definition of planimeter in English:

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Pronunciation: /pləˈnimidər/


An instrument for mechanically measuring the area of a plane figure.
Example sentences
  • The leaves were then excised and their total surface area measured using a planimeter (Li-Cor area meter, model 3100, Li-Cor, USA).
  • He invented the polar planimeter, a device for measuring areas enclosed by plane curves.
  • Leaves were excised, placed in damp plastic bags and transported to the laboratory where projected area was determined with a planimeter (LI - 3000A / LI - 3050A, Li-Cor).



Pronunciation: /ˌplānəˈmetrik/
Example sentences
  • Study investigators determined when dressings were changed and evaluated the ulcer progress by planimetric evaluation of ulcer tracings.
  • Planimetric volumetry is used in clinical practice when accurate volume determination of the prostate is needed.


Pronunciation: /-ˈmetrik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • In addition, plaque was scored and also assessed planimetrically.


Pronunciation: /pləˈnimətrē/
Example sentences
  • Measurements using direct linear area (length x width), acetate tracings, photography, planimetry with tracings, planimetry with photographs, volume calculation, and weight of Jeltrate molding were examined.
  • Two computerized histology analysis methods, planimetry and densitometry, were used (illustrations of these two methods are given in Figs.3 and 5) to assess the tumor damage ratio.
  • Using this method, intrarater and interrater reliability have been found to be 0.99, exceeding published figures.9 Figure 1 provides an example of an area versus time plot rendered by digital planimetry.


Mid 19th century: from French planimètre, from Latin planus 'level' + -mètre '(instrument) measuring'.

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Syllabification: pla·nim·e·ter

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