nuclear magnetic resonance


: the magnetic resonance of an atomic nucleus
also : chemical analysis that uses such resonance especially to study molecular structure

Examples of nuclear magnetic resonance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For decades, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy has been one of the key technologies used to study the atomic structures of complex biological compounds. IEEE Spectrum, 8 June 2023 Efforts have been made to decipher this mystery utilizing a range of tools from nuclear magnetic resonance to quantum computers. Charlotte Hu, Popular Science, 27 Mar. 2023 But liquid helium is liquid gold to a host of industries, according to Bill Halperin, a professor of physics at Northwestern University, who uses helium for low-temperature physics and to provide a liquid bath for superconducting magnets used for nuclear magnetic resonance. Mary Pflum, NBC News, 7 Feb. 2023 In the second half of the 20th century, powerful new microscopes and techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance and X-ray spectroscopy allowed soil scientists for the first time to peer directly into soil and see what was there, rather than pull things out and then look at them. Quanta Magazine, 2 Aug. 2021 The AlphaFold database doesn’t spell doom for experimental biologists, those who painstakingly determine the physical structure of proteins using methods like X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Katie Palmer, STAT, 22 July 2021 Using nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared spectroscopy to analyze the instruments’ wood, Nagyvary found that metallic salts may have played a role in these instruments’ nuanced tones. Ted Scheinman, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Dec. 2022 According to Planchuelo, many well-resourced labs, including some in the EMCDDA, use a different technique called nuclear magnetic resonance testing, which doesn’t require reference material the same way that mass spectrometry does. Doug Johnson, Scientific American, 5 Jan. 2022 Isidor Rabi first measured nuclear magnetic resonance in 1938. Donna Strickland, Discover Magazine, 14 Jan. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nuclear magnetic resonance was in 1942

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“Nuclear magnetic resonance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition

nuclear magnetic resonance

: the magnetic resonance of an atomic nucleus
: chemical analysis that uses nuclear magnetic resonance especially to study molecular structure
abbreviation NMR
see magnetic resonance imaging

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