nanocrystal

noun
nano·​crys·​tal | \ ˈna-nə-ˌkri-stᵊl How to pronounce nanocrystal (audio) \

Definition of nanocrystal

: a nanoscale crystal

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Other Words from nanocrystal

nanocrystalline \ ˈna-​nə-​ˈkri-​stə-​lən How to pronounce nanocrystalline (audio) also  -​ˌlīn , -​ˌlēn How to pronounce nanocrystalline (audio) \ adjective

Examples of nanocrystal in a Sentence

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, "Experimental vaccine patch embeds invisible dots under the skin, leaving record of immunization," 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, "Experimental vaccine patch embeds invisible dots under the skin, leaving record of immunization," 18 Dec. 2019 The secret is using nontoxic silicon nanocrystals and molecule glues called ligands. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Photon-Boosted Lasers Could Carve Out Cancer Like a Scalpel," 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, "In a first, scientists eliminate HIV from an animal's genome," 3 July 2019 The nanocrystals are stored within cells for weeks and slowly release the drugs. Robert Preidt, CBS News, "In a first, scientists eliminate HIV from an animal's genome," 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, "The transparent teeth of this dragonfish evolved for one lethal purpose," 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, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore advanced material maker Pixelligent raises $7.6 million in latest funding round," 18 Apr. 2018 Instead, a lattice of nanocrystals within another skin cell layer alters to reflect light differently. National Geographic, "Here's What Happens When a Chameleon Looks in a Mirror," 18 June 2016

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First Known Use of nanocrystal

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nanocrystal was in 1984

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“Nanocrystal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nanocrystal. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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