diamagnetism

/ (ˌdaɪəˈmæɡnɪˌtɪzəm) /

noun

the phenomenon exhibited by substances that have a relative permeability less than unity and a negative susceptibility. It is caused by the orbital motion of electrons in the atoms of the material and is unaffected by temperatureCompare ferromagnetism, paramagnetism

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Scientific definitions for diamagnetism

diamagnetism
[ dī′ə-măgnĭ-tĭz′əm ]

The property of being repelled by both poles of a magnet. Most substances commonly considered to be nonmagnetic, such as water, are actually diamagnetic. Though diamagnetism is a very weak effect compared with ferromagnetism and paramagnetism, it can be used to levitate objects. Compare ferromagnetism paramagnetism. See also Lenz's law.

Other words from diamagnetism

diamagnetic adjective (dī′ə-măg-nĕtĭk)
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