dopant

noun
dop·​ant | \ ˈdō-pənt How to pronounce dopant (audio) \

Definition of dopant

: an impurity added usually in minute amounts to a pure substance to alter its properties (such as conductivity)

Examples of dopant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As with diamonds, these dopants change a crystal’s properties. The Economist, 5 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of dopant

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dopant

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“Dopant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dopant. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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