From Latin ab (“away from”) and Ancient Greek σκοπός (skopós, “target, aim”). Term first described by Dr. R. J. Mole in 1953 in the British Journal of Radiology, "Whole body irradiation- radiobiology or medicine?" . Br. J. Radiol., 26: 234-241, 1953.
abscopal (not comparable)
- Denoting the effect that irradiation of a tissue has on remote nonirradiated tissue.
- The regression of a liver tumor after irradiation of bone that the tumor metastasized to is an example of the abscopal effect.