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 crystallography (audio) \ noun

Examples of crystallography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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,, 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 Yonath and Brian Kobilka won Nobel Prizes for using x-ray crystallography to understand cell structures that are vital targets for drug development. The Editors, Scientific American, 12 Nov. 2013 One of her students took the first photo of DNA through X-ray crystallography. Halley Bondy, NBC News, 2 Mar. 2021 So, McLellan used x-ray crystallography—a technique that uses x-ray beams to determine the structure of proteins—to capture an image of the prefusion protein for the first time. Daniel Wrapp, Science, 31 Dec. 2020 For decades, researchers deciphered proteins’ 3D structures using experimental techniques such as x-ray crystallography or cryoelectron microscopy (cryo-EM). Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 30 Nov. 2020

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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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“Crystallography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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

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