crystallography

noun

crys·​tal·​log·​ra·​phy ˌkri-stə-ˈlä-grə-fē How to pronounce crystallography (audio)
: a science that deals with the forms and structures of crystals
crystallographer noun

Examples of crystallography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers tried to do crystallography on it, but the results are somewhat ambiguous. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 8 Mar. 2023 The younger Bohm’s area of study was X-ray crystallography, the process of using protein crystals to defract X-rays to determine the atomic structure of a molecule. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2023 By 2010 McLellan had determined the structure of the postfusion protein using a structural imaging technique called x-ray crystallography. Tara Haelle, Scientific American, 20 Mar. 2023 Called Critical Assessment of Protein Structure Prediction (CASP), the competition uses structures newly determined using laborious lab techniques such as x-ray crystallography as benchmarks. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 15 July 2021 Building on Bragg's work, other scientists have been awarded Nobel Prizes using x-ray crystallography in their research. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 7 Feb. 2023 The AlphaFold database doesn’t spell doom for experimental biologists, those who painstakingly determine the physical structure of proteins using methods like X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Katie Palmer, STAT, 22 July 2021 The area of X-ray crystallography continues to impact the fields of chemistry, physics and medicine —and is still used to study crystalline atoms. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 7 Feb. 2023 X-ray crystallography has produced the lion’s share of protein structures. Ewen Callaway, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1784, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crystallography was in 1784

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Cite this Entry

“Crystallography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crystallography. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

crystallography

noun
crys·​tal·​log·​ra·​phy ˌkris-tə-ˈläg-rə-fē How to pronounce crystallography (audio)
: a science that deals with the form and structure of crystals
crystallographer noun

Medical Definition

crystallography

noun
crys·​tal·​log·​ra·​phy ˌkris-tə-ˈläg-rə-fē How to pronounce crystallography (audio)
plural crystallographies
: a science that deals with the forms and structures of crystals see x-ray crystallography
crystallographer noun
crystallographic adjective
crystallographically adverb

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