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Definition of scan noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a medical test in which a machine produces a picture of the inside of a person's body on a computer screen after taking X-rays to have a brain scan
  2. 2[singular] the act of looking quickly through something written or printed, usually in order to find something a scan of the newspapers I had a quick scan down the guest list but couldn't see my name.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: scan