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[par-uh-mag-nit, par-uh-mag-] /ˌpær əˈmæg nɪt, ˈpær əˌmæg-/
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 of paramagnet
1905-10; back formation from paramagnetic; see para-1, magnet
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paramagnetism, noun
[par-uh-mag-net-ik] /ˌpær ə mægˈnɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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(physics) 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 Compare diamagnetism, ferromagnetism
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paramagnetic (ˌpærəmæɡˈnɛtɪk) adjective
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paramagnetism in Science
The property of being weakly attracted to either pole of a magnet. Paramagnetic materials, such as aluminum and platinum, become slightly magnetized when exposed to a magnetic field, but they lose their magnetism when the field is removed. When these materials are magnetized by a nearby magnet, the orientation of their north and sole poles results in their being attracted to the closest pole of the magnet. Compare diamagnetism, ferromagnetism.

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