- 1. A thin sheet of flexible material coated with a light-sensitive or x-ray–sensitive substance used in taking photographs or radiographs. 2. A thin layer or coating. 3. A radiograph (colloq.).- absorbable gelatin f. a sterile, nonantigenic, absorbable, water-insoluble, thin sheet of gelatin prepared by drying a gelatin-formaldehyde solution on plates; used in the closure and repair of defects in membranes such as the dura mater or the pleura; it undergoes absorption over a period of 1–6 months.- bitewing f. a special packaging of radiographic f. that allows an appendage of the f. package to be held between the occlusal surfaces of the teeth.- decubitus f. a radiograph exposed with the subject in the decubitus position, named for the side that is dependent. SYN: right or left lateral decubitus f..- horizontal beam f. a radiograph made with the central axis of the x-ray beam parallel to the floor, able to show an air-fluid level.- panoramic x-ray f. in dentistry, a radiograph taken to give a panoramic view of the entire upper and lower dental arch as well as the temporomandibular joints.- plain f. a radiograph made without use of a contrast medium.- precorneal f. a protective f., 7 to 9 nm thick, consisting of external oily, intermediate watery, and deep mucoprotein layers. SYN: tear f..- scout f. a radiograph exposed before contrast medium is given, such as the preliminary f. for an angiogram, urogram, or barium contrast gastrointestinal examination. SYN: scout radiograph.- f. speed the relative sensitivity of f. emulsion to light or radiation exposure; speed is inversely related to detail resolution.- spot f. a radiograph made during the course of an examination under fluoroscopic control, with a device attached to the fluoroscope.- tear f. SYN: precorneal f..- wide-latitude f. f. that does not show large contrast differences with differences in exposure; the slope of the H and D curve is low. SYN: latitude f..
* * *film 'film n1 a) a thin skin or membranous covering: PELLICLEb) an abnormal growth on or in the eye2 a) an exceedingly thin layer: LAMINAb) a thin flexible transparent sheet of cellulose acetate or cellulose nitrate coated with a radiation-sensitive emulsion for taking photographs or making radiographs
* * *(film) 1. a thin layer or coating. 2. a thin transparent sheet of cellulose acetate or similar material coated on one or both sides with an emulsion that is sensitive to light or radiation.
Medical dictionary. 2011.