x ray crystallography

x-ray crystallography

noun Crystallography.
the determination of the structure of a crystal by the use of x-ray diffraction.

Origin:
1925–30

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X-ray crystallography
 
n
the study and practice of determining the structure of a crystal by passing a beam of X-rays through it and observing and analysing the diffraction pattern produced

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x-ray crystallography  
The study of molecular structure by examining diffraction patterns made by x-rays beamed through a crystalline form of the molecules. X-ray crystallography is used extensively in biochemistry to examine the molecular structure of such molecules as proteins and DNA.
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