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[gous] /gaʊs/
Karl Friedrich
[kahrl free-drikh] /kɑrl ˈfri drɪx/ (Show IPA),
1777–1855, German mathematician and astronomer.
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Gaussian, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) gauss
the cgs unit of magnetic flux density; the flux density that will induce an emf of 1 abvolt (10–8 volt) per centimetre in a wire moving across the field at a velocity of 1 centimetre per second. 1 gauss is equivalent to 10–4 tesla
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after Karl Gauss


/German ɡaus/
Karl Friedrich (karl ˈfriːdrɪç). 1777–1855, German mathematician: developed the theory of numbers and applied mathematics to astronomy, electricity and magnetism, and geodesy
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Gaussian (ˈɡaʊsɪən) adjective
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C.G.S. unit of intensity of a magnetic field, 1882, named for German mathematician Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855). Related: Gaussage.

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gaussian in Medicine

gaussian gaus·si·an (gou'sē-ən)
Relating to or described by German mathematician and astronomer Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855).

gauss (gous)
n. pl. gauss or gauss·es
The centimeter-gram-second unit of magnetic induction.

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gaussian in Science
The unit of magnetic flux density in the centimeter-gram-second system, equal to one maxwell per square centimeter, or 10-4 tesla.
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