magnetic quantum number

magnetic quantum number

noun Physics.
the quantum number that designates the component of the orbital angular momentum in a fixed direction and that can assume all integral values between and including the orbital quantum number and the negative of the orbital quantum number.

Origin:
1920–25

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magnetic quantum number  
The quantum number corresponding to the shape of electron subshells in an atom. Also called third quantum number. See Note at quantum number.
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