crys·​tal·​log·​ra·​phy | \ ˌkri-stə-ˈlä-grə-fē How to pronounce crystallography (audio) \

Definition of crystallography

: a science that deals with the forms and structures of crystals

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crystallographer \ ˌkri-​stə-​ˈlä-​grə-​fər How to pronounce crystallographer (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web This detects which repeating patterns show up especially strongly — it’s the same mathematics that underlies technologies like X-ray crystallography and radio spectroscopy. Quanta Magazine, "Landmark Math Proof Clears Hurdle in Top Erdős Conjecture," 3 Aug. 2020 Researchers with the Scripps Institute in California utilized high-resolution X-ray crystallography tools in a paper recently published in the journal Science to capture the antibody's atomic structure. Fox News, "Antibody points to potential weak spot on novel coronavirus," 15 Apr. 2020 Other researchers also use a method called X-ray crystallography to study the virus’s structure. Sophia Chen, Wired, "To Beat Covid-19, Scientists Try to 'See' the Invisible Enemy," 8 Apr. 2020 Jerram begins by studying and comparing existing scientific imagery and models of viruses made through techniques like electron microscopy and X-ray crystallography. Laura Mallonee, Wired, "You Can Get Up Close to This Coronavirus—It's Made of Glass," 17 Mar. 2020 In the best cases, researchers can now make maps with resolutions below 2 angstroms, putting cryo-EM on par with crystallography. Eric Hand, Science | AAAS, "‘We need a people’s cryo-EM.’ Scientists hope to bring revolutionary microscope to the masses," 23 Jan. 2020 Dorothy Hodgkin was a British chemist on the cutting edge of X-ray crystallography. Lauren Kent, CNN, "The heroines STEM: Ten women in science you should know," 28 Jan. 2020 For instance, at age 25 Lawrence Bragg, who had been a child prodigy, and his father, William, won the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work in crystallography. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "Recommended Books, December 2019," 30 Nov. 2019 Elton is internationally recognized as an expert in the use of x-ray crystallography as a means to understanding the molecular structure of connective tissue with a special interest in collagen., "Elton P. Katz," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of crystallography

1784, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crystallography

crystallo- + -graphy (after French cristallographie or New Latin crystallographia)

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The first known use of crystallography was in 1784

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8 Aug 2020

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“Crystallography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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crys·​tal·​log·​ra·​phy | \ ˌkris-tə-ˈläg-rə-fē How to pronounce crystallography (audio) \
plural crystallographies

Medical Definition of crystallography

: a science that deals with the forms and structures of crystals — see x-ray crystallography

Other Words from crystallography

crystallographer \ -​fər How to pronounce crystallographer (audio) \ noun
crystallographic \ -​lə-​ˈgraf-​ik How to pronounce crystallographic (audio) \ adjective
crystallographically \ -​ik(ə-​)lē How to pronounce crystallographically (audio) \ adverb

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