Definition of missing mass in US English:

missing mass


Astronomy Physics
  • The amount by which a measured or calculated mass falls short of an expected or inferred mass; (Astronomy) the discrepancy between the mass of a galactic cluster calculated from the velocities of its component galaxies and the mass of the visible (luminous) stars and gas within it, usually attributed to the presence of dark matter; (also) the difference between the mass there must be in the universe if it is closed and the total mass accounted for by direct observation.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From missing + mass.


missing mass

/ˌmɪsɪŋ ˈmas/