acous·​to·​mag·​net·​ic | \ ə-¦kü-stō-mag-¦ne-tik How to pronounce acoustomagnetic (audio) \

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. Weiss, Science News, 7 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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First Known Use of acoustomagnetic

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acoustomagnetic

acousto- + magnetic entry 1

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“Acoustomagnetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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