[ nit-n-awl, -ol ]
/ ˈnɪt nˌɔl, -ˌɒl /


a paramagnetic alloy of nickel and titanium that, after heating and deformation, resumes its original shape when reheated.

Origin of nitinol

1965–70; ni(ckel) + ti(tanium) + N(aval) O(rdnance) L(aboratory), Silver Spring, Maryland, where the alloy was developed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019