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The quality of being able to see through a material whereby the distant image is hazy or foggy. The terms "translucent" and "transparent" are often used synonymously, but they are not the same. A translucent area in an image would be like looking through frosted or smoked glass to the underlying background. A transparent area would be like looking through clear glass.

Not Well Supported
True translucency is not supported in many graphics formats as an attribute of the image. Although the visual effect of translucency can always be simulated in an image by using an image editing program, the actual translucent area is opaque, and the underlying background does not show through.

Translucency is an advanced technique; for example, Adobe's PostScript and HP's PCL language do not support translucency; however, Adobe's PDF, which came later, does support it. Images formatted with true translucency that are printed in PostScript and PCL are flattened into opaque images that tend to have visual artifacts. See alpha blending.

Translucent Borders
See-through, translucent window borders were one of the eye-candy features in the Aero interface introduced in Windows Vista. Articles about Aero erroneously refer to "transparent windows" more than they do "translucent windows."


The quality of a material that transmits light sufficiently diffused to eliminate any perception of distinct images beyond.
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During the participants' enrollment visit, investigators will document demographics and baseline characteristics, determine gestational age, perform serum screening tests, measure nuchal translucency and collect blood samples for the Aria test.
Meanwhile, ultrasound had become more sophisticated, and it also became apparent that nuchal translucency (the thickness of the back of the fetal neck) in the late first trimester was the strongest indicator of fetal abnormalities identified thus far.
Simpson said nuchal translucency ultrasound in the first trimester is especially useful in women with multiple gestations, as it allows assessment of individual fetuses.
Most nuchal translucency screens will be done in prenatal diagnostic centers, not in every ob.
This product offers high whiteness and translucency in cultured marble and onyx.
Materials, from the porous steel of The Egg to glass elements throughout, reflect a translucency core to the Nissan design philosophy.
July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Institute for Advanced Medical Education (IAME) announces the launch of training for nuchal translucency (NT) testing, a valuable new tool that allows healthcare providers to screen for chromosomal abnormalities in the first trimester.
It may therefore be best to reserve early echocardiography for cases at the greatest risk for cardiac defects, as judged by increased nuchal translucency and the presence of extracardiac lesions.
A skin of glass and stainless-steel mesh provides shelter, the translucency of which changes with the reflections of the water and spectacular use of night lighting.
First Trimester Screening combines a Nuchal Translucency (NT) measurement of fluid at the back of the fetus' neck and free Beta hCG and PAPP-A dried maternal blood tests to generate a patient-specific risk for Down syndrome and trisomy 18 chromosomal abnormalities.
An increased nuchal translucency thickness can predict congenital heart disease in a euploid fetus and indicate pregnancies that should be referred for fetal echocardiography, according to data from the large First and Second Trimester Evaluation of Risk for Aneuploidy study.
The patent pertains to the use of translucency in the user interface of a video display device, such as translucent display of program guide information over a video program playing in the background.