acoustomagnetic

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adjective acous·to·mag·net·ic \ ə-¦kü-stō-mag-¦ne-tik \

Definition of acoustomagnetic

:of, relating to, or being a magnetic material that produces oscillations in a fashion that resembles acoustic waves
  • They report that the newest and fastest-growing version of the technology, known as acoustomagnetic surveillance, temporarily affected the functioning of pacemakers in 48 of 50 subjects tested.
  • —P. WeissScience News7 Nov. 1998
Note: Acoustomagnetic devices are sometimes used in product packaging as security against shoplifting. The device oscillates in response to an electromagnetic signal, producing a response that can be easily detected.

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