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condensed-matter physics

[kuh n-denst-mat-er]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. this study applied to crystalline solids, amorphous solids, and liquids.
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Also called solid-state physics.
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British Dictionary definitions for solid-state physics

solid-state physics

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) the branch of physics concerned with experimental and theoretical investigations of the properties of solids, such as superconductivity, photoconductivity, and ferromagnetism
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solid-state physics

  1. The branch of condensed matter physics that specializes in the study of solids, especially in the electric and magnetic properties of solid crystalline materials, such as semiconductors.
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