from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A device equipped with a fluorescent screen on which the internal structures of an optically opaque object, such as the human body, may be continuously viewed as shadowy images formed by the differential transmission of x-rays through the object. Also called roentgenoscope.
  • transitive v. To examine the interior of (an object) with a fluoroscope.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a device used to view continuous live X-ray images on a fluorescent screen

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument for observing or exhibiting fluorescence.
  • n. A fluorescent screen, with hood to protect the eyes, used for observing the shadows cast by objects placed in the path of the X rays.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An aparatus designed for observing the effect of the Röntgen rays by means of their action on a fluorescent substance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an X-ray machine that combines an X-ray source and a fluorescent screen to enable direct observation


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Roger D. Landon, attorney for Douglass, contends Gooding's failure to use a fluoroscope was a key factor in Neel's death.


  • A fluoroscope, mounted near the floor and enclosed in a shielded box, revealed an image of our feet within the shoes on a fluorescent screen that we could see, assuring a proper fit while radiation leaked into the surrounding area.

    William Spear: Adapting to a New World of Invisible Toxins

  • It had to be done in the x-ray room under the fluoroscope, so they can watch what they were doing.


  • “By taking advantage of this ‘fluoroscope effect,’ we managed to pick up a surprisingly large volume of interior data via the passive sensors on the probes.”

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire

  • Demonstrations of guided missiles, of a patient taking what looks like a Barium swallow in front of a fluoroscope, and the father taking home movies of his child with a video camera and playing them back on his TV all give us pause to remember that whatever good or not-so-good aspects of our present-day lives, we stand on the shoulders of people who were true visionaries more than 50 years ago.

    The Future is Now - 1955

  • Detaching the brush or comb component reveals the weapon, but the all plastic construction makes the weapon invisible to x-rays or a fluoroscope.

    Step back from the hairbrush or I’ll shoot « BuzzMachine

  • I particularly like that the x-ray or fluoroscope of his body shows a skeleton and a beating heart shaped somewhat like a valentine heart.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • There is copious drinking in the film, some white telephones and blond furniture, and a fluoroscope.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • Then I got in the x-ray room and up on the table under the fluoroscope for the procedure.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • *Dye injected into the feeding tube shows up on the fluoroscope to assist proper placement.

    Just when you think you're safe


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  • Great link. For a moment I thought you were talking about the brannock device.

    September 15, 2007

  • The main component of those machines used years ago in shoe stores to assist in fitting shoes to your feet (and now outlawed). More info here.

    September 15, 2007