adjective Physics.
of or pertaining 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.

1840–50; dia- + magnetic

diamagnetically, adverb
diamagnetism [dahy-uh-mag-ni-tiz-uhm] , noun
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diamagnetic (ˌdaɪəmæɡˈnɛtɪk)
of, exhibiting, or concerned with diamagnetism

diamagnetism (ˌdaɪəˈmæɡnɪˌtɪzəm)
ferromagnetism Compare paramagnetism the phenomenon exhibited by substances that have a relative permeability less than unity and a negative susceptibility. It is caused by the orbital motion of electrons in the atoms of the material and is unaffected by temperature

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diamagnetism  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (dī'ə-māg'nĭ-tĭz'əm)  Pronunciation Key 
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.

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