nanotechnology

noun nano·tech·nol·o·gy \ˌna-nō-tek-ˈnä-lə-jē\

Definition of nanotechnology

  1. :  the science of manipulating materials on an atomic or molecular scale especially to build microscopic devices (as robots)

nanotechnological

\-ˌtek-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective

nanotechnologist

\-tek-ˈnä-lə-jist\ noun

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Nanotechnology, or nanotech for short, deals with matter at a level that most of us find hard to imagine, since it involves objects with dimensions of 100 billionths of a meter (1/800th of the thickness of a human hair) or less. The chemical and physical properties of materials often change greatly at this scale. Nanotechnology is already being used in automobile tires, land-mine detectors, and computer disk drives. Nanomedicine is a particularly exciting field: Imagine particles the size of a blood cell that could be released into the bloodstream to form into tiny robots and attack cancer cells, or "machines" the size of a molecule that could actually repair the damaged interiors of individual cells.

1974

First Known Use of nanotechnology

1974


NANOTECHNOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

nanotechnology

noun nano·tech·nol·o·gy \ˌna-nō-tek-ˈnä-lə-jē\

Definition of nanotechnology for English Language Learners

  • : the science of working with atoms and molecules to build devices (such as robots) that are extremely small



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