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separatrix

[sep-uh-rey-triks, sep-uh-rey-] /ˈsɛp əˌreɪ trɪks, ˌsɛp əˈreɪ-/
noun, plural separatrices
[sep-uh-rey-tri-seez, -er-uh-trahy-seez] /ˌsɛp əˈreɪ trɪˌsiz, -ər əˈtraɪ siz/ (Show IPA),
separatrixes.
1.
something that divides or separates, as the line between light and dark areas on a partially illuminated surface.
2.
3.
Mathematics. one of several symbols for separating components of a number, as a decimal point or comma.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Neo-Latin sēparātrīx, Late Latin; see separator, -trix
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  • Faraday rotation techniques are being developed to measure the magnetic field profiles inside the separatrix.
  • Plasma shape and position, separatrix- wall gaps, gap between separatrixes.
British Dictionary definitions for separatrix

separatrix

/ˈsɛpəˌreɪtrɪks/
noun (pl) separatrices (ˌsɛpəˈreɪtrɪˌsiːz)
1.
another name for solidus (sense 1)
Word Origin
via New Latin from Late Latin, feminine of sēparātor one that separates
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Word Origin and History for separatrix
n.

line or hooked line used to separate printed figures, originally with numerals and used where modern texts use a decimal point, also in other specialized senses, from Late Latin (linea) separatrix, feminine agent noun from separare (see separate (v.)).

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