nano·​crys·​tal ˈna-nə-ˌkri-stᵊl How to pronounce nanocrystal (audio)
: a nanoscale crystal
nanocrystalline adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web To solve that problem, Jaklenec and her bioengineering colleagues have devised a way to deliver a vaccine through a microneedle patch that simultaneously embeds in the skin a pattern of fluorescent nanocrystals about the vaccination itself. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 18 Dec. 2019 The next step, before trials in people, is to test its feasibility among experts in the field: health care workers serving the families whose children would receive the vaccine and its quantum dots encapsulating the fluorescent nanocrystals. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 18 Dec. 2019 The secret is using nontoxic silicon nanocrystals and molecule glues called ligands. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 3 Dec. 2019 In this therapy, antiretroviral drugs are placed in nanocrystals that travel to tissues where HIV is likely to be lying dormant. Robert Preidt, CBS News, 3 July 2019 The nanocrystals are stored within cells for weeks and slowly release the drugs. Robert Preidt, CBS News, 3 July 2019 Dispersed throughout the enamel, however, the researchers found tiny nanocrystals that prevent light from reflecting off of the teeth’s surface and camouflage them in the deep ocean, the team reports today in the journal Matter. Helen Santoro, Science | AAAS, 5 June 2019 The company makes nanocrystals — specks of zirconia a fraction of the width of a strand of hair — that can be added to polymers and coatings to improve the adhesiveness of specialty glues and improve refraction in LED lights. Christopher Dinsmore,, 18 Apr. 2018 Instead, a lattice of nanocrystals within another skin cell layer alters to reflect light differently. National Geographic, 18 June 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nanocrystal was in 1984

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“Nanocrystal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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