magnetic resonance


: the excitation of particles (such as atomic nuclei or electrons) in a magnetic field by exposure to electromagnetic radiation of a specific frequency

Examples of magnetic resonance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their work with long-term meditators included electroencephalography (EEG) and the first magnetic resonance imaging study of brain activity in such practitioners. Matthew D. Sacchet, Scientific American, 25 June 2024 Now offered by private companies in over a dozen U.S. cities, the scans commonly rely on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), supported by artificial intelligence, to assess major organs for hidden disease. Lisa Doggett, NPR, 18 June 2024 When a patient has an abnormal PSA value but their rectal examination shows no obvious evidence of cancerous deposits, physicians can now use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to look at the prostate and surrounding tissue. Marc B. Garnick, Scientific American, 16 Apr. 2024 Advances in neuroscience and fMRI (magnetic resonance imaging) technology are giving researchers an unprecedented look into the chemical and neurological functioning of the brain. Mikkel Krenchel, Foreign Affairs, 25 Aug. 2016 For example, in magnetic resonance imaging, the compass needles are protons in your blood. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 17 May 2024 Local lore has long held that the magnetic resonance steers storms around Florida's capital city. Christopher Cann, USA TODAY, 10 May 2024 The group recently submitted several abstracts to the leading magnetic resonance conference. Lizzy Lawrence, STAT, 13 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, magnetic resonance imaging of his head found nothing. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 24 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of magnetic resonance was in 1938

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“Magnetic resonance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

magnetic resonance

: the absorption of energy exhibited by particles (as atomic nuclei or electrons) in a static magnetic field when the particles are exposed to electromagnetic radiation of certain frequencies
abbreviation MR
see nuclear magnetic resonance

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