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[fer-ahyt] /ˈfɛr aɪt/
Chemistry. a compound, as NaFeO 2 , formed when ferric oxide is combined with a more basic metallic oxide.
Metallurgy. the pure iron constituent of ferrous metals, as distinguished from the iron carbides.
Origin of ferrite
1875-80; < Latin ferr(um) iron + -ite1 Unabridged
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  • Then he tried to dampen the radiation by using a ferrite shield, but that became blazingly hot.
  • Some of the ferrite is intimately intermixed with the aluminate.
  • In the installation of ferrite tile absorbers on anechoic chamber walls, gaps between individual tiles are inevitable.
  • ferrite occupies the region of high magnetic field and a fluid dielectric occupies the region of high electric field.
  • Aluminate is fine-grained and found between the ferrite crystals.
  • Both cavities employ current-controlled ferrite tuners for control of the resonant frequency.
  • The two loops are placed together, within a ferrite housing that provides a ferrite path that magnetically couples the two loops.
  • Slapper detonator parts may be incorporated within the ferrite housing.
British Dictionary definitions for ferrite


any of a group of ferromagnetic highly resistive ceramic compounds with the formula MFe2O4, where M is usually a metal such as cobalt or zinc
any of the body-centred cubic allotropes of iron, such as alpha iron, occurring in steel, cast iron, etc
any of various microscopic grains, probably composed of iron compounds, in certain igneous rocks
Word Origin
C19: from ferri- + -ite1
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Word Origin and History for ferrite

1851, from Latin ferrum "iron" (see ferro-) + -ite (2).

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