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magnetohydrodynamics

[mag-nee-toh-hahy-droh-dahy-nam-iks] /mægˈni toʊˌhaɪ droʊ daɪˈnæm ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the branch of physics that deals with the motion of electrically conductive fluids, especially plasmas, in magnetic fields.
Abbreviation: MHD.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; magneto- + hydrodynamics
Related forms
magnetohydrodynamic, adjective
magnetohydrodynamically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for magnetohydrodynamics

magnetohydrodynamics

/mæɡˌniːtəʊˌhaɪdrəʊdaɪˈnæmɪks/
noun (functioning as sing)
1.
the study of the behaviour of conducting fluids, such as liquid metals or plasmas, in magnetic fields
2.
the generation of electricity by subjecting a plasma to a magnetic field and collecting the deflected free electrons
MHD
Derived Forms
magnetohydrodynamic, adjective
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Encyclopedia Article for magnetohydrodynamics

MHD

the description of the behaviour of a plasma (q.v.), or, in general, any electrically conducting fluid in the presence of electric and magnetic fields.

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