One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a substance or body) tending to become magnetized in a direction at 180° to the applied magnetic field.
- ‘Any remaining magnetic effects in diamagnetic materials are produced by the orbiting electrons.’
- ‘Unfortunately, DNA displays a negative anisotropy in diamagnetic susceptibility that tends to align the DNA axis perpendicular to the magnetic field.’
- ‘For example, placing diamagnetic metals such as aluminium or zinc at the centre of the phthalocyanines improves the photosensitization of the compound for use in PDT.’
- ‘The main impact of the diamagnetic components is dilution of the strongly magnetizable minerals.’
- ‘In the iron diamagnetic form, magnetic anisotropy arises from the heme, aromatic moieties, and elements of secondary structure.’
1846: coined by Faraday, from Greek dia ‘through, across’ + magnetic.
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