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[dih-frak-tom-i-ter, dif-rak-]
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noun Physics.
  1. an instrument that is used to study atomic crystal structure by measuring the angles at which x-rays, neutrons, or electrons are diffracted by matter.
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Origin of diffractometer

1905–10; diffract + -o- + -meter
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British Dictionary definitions for diffractometer


  1. physics an instrument used in studying diffraction, as in the determination of crystal structure by diffraction of X-rays
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