paramagnetic

paramagnet

[par-uh-mag-nit, par-uh-mag-]
noun Physics.
a body or substance that, placed in a magnetic field, possesses magnetization in direct proportion to the field strength; a substance in which the magnetic moments of the atoms are not aligned.


Origin:
1905–10; back formation from paramagnetic; see para-1, magnet

paramagnetism, noun
paramagnetic [par-uh-mag-net-ik] , adjective
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paramagnetism (ˌpærəˈmæɡnɪˌtɪzəm)
 
n
physics diamagnetism Compare ferromagnetism the phenomenon exhibited by substances that have a relative permeability slightly greater than unity and a positive susceptibility. The effect is due to the alignment of unpaired spins of electrons in atoms of the material
 
paramagnetic
 
adj

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