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x-ray diffraction

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noun Physics.
  1. diffraction of x-rays by the regularly spaced atoms of a crystal, useful for determining the arrangement of the atoms.
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Origin of x-ray diffraction

First recorded in 1940–45
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  • X-ray-diffraction studies showed no material differences, nor were there detectable differences in “feel”, smell, or plasticity.

    Atoms, Nature, and Man

    Neal O. Hines


British Dictionary definitions for x-ray diffraction

X-ray diffraction

noun
  1. the scattering of X-rays on contact with matter, resulting in changes in radiation intensity, which is used for studying atomic structure
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x-ray diffraction in Science

x-ray diffraction

  1. The scattering of x-rays by crystal atoms, producing a diffraction pattern that yields information about the structure of the crystal. X-ray diffraction is used in x-ray crystallography.
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