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diamagnetic

[dahy-uh-mag-net-ik] /ˌdaɪ ə mægˈnɛt ɪk/
adjective, Physics.
1.
of or relating to a class of substances, as bismuth and copper, whose permeability is less than that of a vacuum: in a magnetic field, their induced magnetism is in a direction opposite to that of iron.
Origin of diamagnetic
1840-1850
1840-50; dia- + magnetic
Related forms
diamagnetically, adverb
diamagnetism
[dahy-uh-mag-ni-tiz-uh m] /ˌdaɪ əˈmæg nɪˌtɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • All the tissues of the human body, the blood—though it contains iron—included, were proved to be diamagnetic.

  • Bodies that point equatorially, or are diamagnetic, like Faraday's heavy glass.

    The Boy's Playbook of Science John Henry Pepper
  • The 20th series contains an account of his researches on the universal action of magnetism and diamagnetic bodies.

  • Hence the deflection produced by these metals is due to their diamagnetic, and not to their conductive capacity.

  • So far an identity of action was established between magnetic and diamagnetic bodies.

  • The majority of physicists, however, at the present time, do not believe in the existence of a diamagnetic polarity.

  • The first group is paramagnetic and positive; the corresponding one is diamagnetic and negative.

    Occult Chemistry Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater
  • By a similar arrangement the feeble attractions and repulsions of the diamagnetic force have been made manifest.

    Six Lectures on Light John Tyndall
  • Water is diamagnetic, sulphate of iron is strongly magnetic.

  • That the force which does so is therefore 'distinct in its character and effects from the magnetic and diamagnetic forms of force.

British Dictionary definitions for diamagnetic

diamagnetic

/ˌdaɪəmæɡˈnɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
of, exhibiting, or concerned with diamagnetism
Derived Forms
diamagnetically, adverb
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diamagnetic in Science
diamagnetism
  (dī'ə-māg'nĭ-tĭz'əm)   
The property of being repelled by both poles of a magnet. Most substances commonly considered to be nonmagnetic, such as water, are actually diamagnetic. Though diamagnetism is a very weak effect compared with ferromagnetism and paramagnetism, it can be used to levitate objects. Compare ferromagnetism, paramagnetism. See also Lenz's law.

diamagnetic adjective (dī'ə-māg-nět'ĭk)
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