Definition of transilluminate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtransəˈlo͞oməˌnāt/ Pronunciation: /ˌtranz-/


[with object]
Pass strong light through (an organ or part of the body) in order to detect disease or abnormality.
Example sentences
  • The light then transilluminates the vessels from underneath.
  • The technology is based on creating a virtual light source deep within tissue that transilluminates vessels.
  • We present here the first systematic demonstration that transilluminated fluorescence may be used to detect electrical activity within cardiac muscle.



Pronunciation: /-əˌlo͞oməˈnāSHən/
Example sentences
  • When evaluating a suspected pneumothorax, auscultation and transillumination of the chest should be performed.
  • The entire procedure is performed under direct visualization by using transillumination so the surgeon visually can confirm when the vessels are removed completely.
  • The artery should be easily palpable or visible with transillumination.

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Syllabification: trans·il·lu·mi·nate

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