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condensed-matter physics

[ kuhn-denst-mat-er ]
/ kənˈdɛnstˌmæt ər /
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noun

the branch of physics that deals with the macroscopic physical properties of matter, especially solids; the study of the electromagnetic, structural, and thermodynamic properties of solids.
this study applied to crystalline solids, amorphous solids, and liquids.

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Also called solid-state physics .
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condensed matter physics
[ kən-dĕnst ]

The scientific study of the properties of solids, liquids, and other forms of matter in which atoms or particles adhere to each other or are otherwise highly concentrated. Solid-state physics is a branch of condensed matter physics. See also state of matter.
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