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noun Astronomy.
  1. the boundary between the earth's magnetosphere and interplanetary space, about 40,000 miles (65,000 km) above the earth, marked by an abrupt decrease in the earth's magnetic induction.
  2. a similar feature of some other planet.
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Origin of magnetopause

First recorded in 1960–65; magneto- + pause
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Word Origin and History for magnetopause


1963, from magneto- in magnetosphere + pause (n.).

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