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

Examples of nanocrystal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For tellurite glass, as its structure was reformed, seeds consisting of clusters of tellurium atoms formed, and eventually grew into tellurium nanocrystals as the glass phase decomposed. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Feb. 2024 Once an easy method for manufacturing near-perfect quantum dots existed, the nanocrystals finally began finding their way into practical applications. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 4 Oct. 2023 Brus had improved the process somewhat, but the resulting nanocrystals still weren't quite up to par. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 4 Oct. 2023 Because electrons can be trapped at certain energy levels within them, the nanocrystals can emit only certain wavelengths of light. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Quanta Magazine, 4 Oct. 2023 And while similar films already exist utilizing either white or mirrored finishes, the newest variant offers iridescent hues thanks in part to cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) and the behavior of soap bubbles. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 27 Mar. 2023 But once they've been fully unfurled, the proteins lock into a new, stiff pattern called a beta-sheet nanocrystal. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2012 After a series of calculations to show that the forces generated by a rotating nanocrystal in an MRI scanner would be sufficient to penetrate a cell membrane. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 4 June 2015 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

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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 18 Apr. 2024.

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