[ an-tee-fer-oh-mag-net-ik, an-tahy- ]
/ ˌæn tiˌfɛr oʊ mægˈnɛt ɪk, ˌæn taɪ- /

adjective Physics.

noting or pertaining to a substance in which, at sufficiently low temperatures, the magnetic moments of adjacent atoms point in opposite directions.

Origin of antiferromagnetic

First recorded in 1935–40; anti- + ferromagnetic

Related forms

an·ti·fer·ro·mag·ne·tism [an-tee-fer-oh-mag-ni-tiz-uh m, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˌfɛr oʊˈmæg nɪˌtɪz əm, ˌæn taɪ-/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for antiferromagnetism


/ (ˌæntɪˌfɛrəʊˈmæɡnɪˌtɪzəm) /


physics the phenomenon exhibited by substances that resemble paramagnetic substances in the value of their relative permeability but that behave like ferromagnetic substances when their temperature is variedSee also ferrimagnetism
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