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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Requirements to post raw data were already common in other fields of science like genetics and crystallography. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 22 Nov. 2012 Lonsdaleite gets its name from British scientist Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, who advanced the study of crystallography and in 1945 was the first woman elected to the Royal Society of London. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2022 But Yanik does think the approach will be useful—especially given its relative affordability compared with other ways of monitoring proteins, such as x-ray crystallography. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 30 Mar. 2022 McCallum and colleagues employed two techniques to understand the structural-functional relationship of mutations in the Spike protein of BA.1: cryo-electron microscopy and X-ray crystallography. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 Data from x-ray crystallography and cryo–electron microscopy experiments can be difficult to interpret, Baek and others say, and having a model can help. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 22 July 2021 Moult says structural biologists have dreamed for decades that accurate computer models would one day augment extremely precise protein shapes derived from experimental methods such as x-ray crystallography. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 22 July 2021 Franklin was a brilliant scientist in her own right — a physical chemist — and rose to discover the structure of DNA through laborious investigation with X-ray crystallography. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 12 July 2021 Another technique, x-ray crystallography, has long been the gold standard for mapping individual atoms within a 3D protein structure. Science News Staff, Science | AAAS, 31 Dec. 2020 See More

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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

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The first known use of crystallography was in 1784

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“Crystallography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crystallography. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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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