tracer


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to tracer: traces, tracker

trac·er

 (trā′sər)
n.
1.
a. One who is employed to locate missing goods or persons.
b. An investigation or inquiry organized to trace missing goods or persons.
2. Any of several instruments used in making tracings or in imprinting designs by tracing.
3. A tracer bullet.
4. An identifiable substance, such as a dye or a radioactive isotope, that is introduced into a biological or mechanical system and can be followed through the course of a process, providing information on the pattern of events in the process or on the redistribution of the parts or elements involved. Also called label.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

tracer

(ˈtreɪsə)
n
1. a person or thing that traces
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery)
a. a projectile that can be observed when in flight by the burning of chemical substances in its base
b. ammunition consisting of such projectiles
c. (as modifier): tracer fire.
3. (Medicine) med any radioactive isotope introduced into the body to study metabolic processes, absorption, etc, by following its progress through the body with a gamma camera or other detector
4. an investigation to trace missing cargo, mail, etc
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

trac•er

(ˈtreɪ sər)

n.
1. a person or thing that traces.
2. a person whose business or work is the tracing of missing property, parcels, persons, etc.
3. an inquiry sent from point to point to trace a missing shipment, parcel, or the like.
4. a projectile, as a bullet, containing a chemical substance that leaves a trail of fire or smoke.
5. a substance, esp. a radioactive one, traced through a biological, chemical, or physical system in order to study the system.
[1535–45]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

trac·er

(trā′sər)
An identifiable substance, such as a dye or radioactive isotope, that can be followed through the course of a mechanical, chemical, or biological process. Tracers are used to provide information about details of the process or about the distribution of the substances involved in it.
The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary, Second Edition. Copyright © 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tracer - an investigator who is employed to find missing persons or missing goodstracer - an investigator who is employed to find missing persons or missing goods
detective, police detective, tec, investigator - a police officer who investigates crimes
2.tracer - an instrument used to make tracingstracer - an instrument used to make tracings
instrument - a device that requires skill for proper use
3.tracer - (radiology) any radioactive isotope introduced into the body to study metabolism or other biological processes
radiology - the branch of medical science dealing with the medical use of X-rays or other penetrating radiation
radioisotope - a radioactive isotope of an element; produced either naturally or artificially
4.tracer - ammunition whose flight can be observed by a trail of smoketracer - ammunition whose flight can be observed by a trail of smoke
ammo, ammunition - projectiles to be fired from a gun
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations

tracer

[ˈtreɪsəʳ]
A. N (Chem, Med) → indicador m, trazador m
B. CPD tracer bullet Nbala f trazadora
tracer element Nelemento m trazador
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

tracer

n
(Mil: also tracer bullet) → Leuchtspurgeschoss nt
(Med) → Isotopenindikator m
(= inquiry form)Suchzettel m, → Laufzettel m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

trac·er

n. trazador, radioisótopo que al introducirse en el cuerpo crea un rastro que puede detectarse.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

tracer

n trazador m
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
The full details of the mission has yet to be confirmed but four operatives have been assigned to the job -- Tracer, Mercy, Winston, and Genji.
For example, in monitoring mixing and flow rate of different materials, inspecting integrity of welds and metal parts, and efficacy of nucleonic gauges used to check levels of gases, liquids and solids.Mention one radio tracer nuclear technology application to check out competence of an industrial process.
Clinical-stage biotechnology company APRINOIA Therapeutics announced on Wednesday that it has entered into a non-exclusive licensing agreement with Celgene Corporation, under which Celgene is authorised to use APN-1607, a novel investigational [18F]-labeled positron emission tomography (PET) imaging tracer.
1st Detect, a wholly owned subsidiary of Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC), has announced it has received initial notice that its explosives trace detector (ETD), the TRACER 1000, has passed the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC)'s Common Evaluation Process (CEP) for airport checkpoint screening of passengers, the company said.
For the purpose of clarity, the 2018 Tracer 900 is the updated and improved version of the previous market-leading model.
Spectrum Tracer Services' technologies used by oil and gas operators to assess completion performance, evaluate well production, and optimise field development strategies.
A tracer mass-balance approach was employed to investigate daily SIR.
After adding data from their tracer research, they modeled the turbulence for the entire ocean region while accounting for the undersea topography--an enormous challenge, as they were uncertain the model's resolution would be sufficient to describe the comparatively miniscule tracer's motions in such a vast body of seawater.
A few special tracer pebbles will be mixed in the core with many other background pebbles.
The nanoparticle will act as a tracer to support stem cell and immune cell tracking in research for both magnetic particle imaging (MPI) and magnetic resonance imaging applications.
Five well-known methods involving the use of fluorescent tracer (sodium fluorescein and rhodamine) and saline tracer (sodium chloride, NaCl), which are method of moments (Fischer, List, Koh, Imberger, & Brooks, 1979), routing procedure or propagation method (Fischer et al., 1979; French, 1985), Chatwin's graphical method (Krenkel, 1962), peak concentration method (Rutherford, 1994) and crown concentration method (Devens, Barbosa Jr, & Sivla, 2006);