mag·​ne·​to·​en·​ceph·​a·​log·​ra·​phy mag-ˌnē-tō-in-ˌse-fə-ˈlä-grə-fē How to pronounce magnetoencephalography (audio)
: a noninvasive technique that detects and records the magnetic field associated with electrical activity in the brain

Examples of magnetoencephalography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For instance, the University of California has a powerful helium-reliant magnetoencephalography, or MEG, scanner, that doctors use to plan pediatric brain operations. Caroline Hopkins, NBC News, 25 Jan. 2024 Winfried Schlee of the University of Konstanz in Germany and his colleagues have been making some of the most detailed studies of tinnitus ever, using a method called magnetoencephalography (MEG, for short). Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 26 Oct. 2010 Wang has made headway using an advanced imaging technique called magnetoencephalography (MEG), which records magnetic fields on the outside of the skull that are generated by the electric currents in the brain, and then translating those signals into text. Marla Broadfoot, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2023 At about the same time as the PNAS study, University of Oxford neuroscientist Morten Kringelbach was studying cuteness using a different type of brain scan, magnetoencephalography (MEG). Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 13 Nov. 2019 The new device is an improved version of an existing technique, called magnetoencephalography (MEG). Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 26 Mar. 2018 Davenport and her team scanned the players’ brains before and after the season using an imaging technique called magnetoencephalography, or MEG, to get a clear picture of delta waves in the brain. Dallas News, 21 Feb. 2023 The data was gathered using magnetoencephalography (MEG), which measures the magnetic fields generated by the electrical activity of neurons. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 19 Sep. 2022 Another common technique for neuroscientists to gather data on the brain is magnetoencephalography (MEG). Conor Feehly, Discover Magazine, 24 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of magnetoencephalography was in 1968

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“Magnetoencephalography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


mag·​ne·​to·​en·​ceph·​a·​log·​ra·​phy -in-ˌsef-ə-ˈläg-rə-fē How to pronounce magnetoencephalography (audio)
plural magnetoencephalographies
: a noninvasive technique that detects and records the magnetic field associated with electrical activity in the brain
abbreviation MEG
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