spectrometer

noun
spec·​trom·​e·​ter | \ spek-ˈträ-mə-tər How to pronounce spectrometer (audio) \

Definition of spectrometer

1 : an instrument used for measuring wavelengths of light spectra
2 : any of various analytical instruments in which an emission (as of particles or radiation) is dispersed according to some property (such as mass or energy) of the emission and the amount of dispersion is measured nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer

Other Words from spectrometer

spectrometric \ ˌspek-​trə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce spectrometer (audio) \ adjective
spectrometry \ spek-​ˈträ-​mə-​trē How to pronounce spectrometer (audio) \ noun

Examples of spectrometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The spectrometer breaks apart the molecules of organic compounds and sorts them by size. Katie Jennings, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 While the mass spectrometer isn’t new, Wing, Redmond and Verbeck have patented the process by which the breath is collected, known as the pre-concentrator stage. Katie Jennings, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 This platform holds the mission's scientific instruments, including color and black-and-white cameras, a thermometer, and an infrared imaging spectrometer. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 The lab's latest tool is Boreas, a laser spectrometer designed to collect and analyze methane—a greenhouse gas emitted by dozens of human activities, from agriculture to burning fuel. Rachael Pells, Wired, 3 Jan. 2022 The team also ran a subset of the beers through a second type of mass spectrometer, and Schmitt-Kopplin says combining these processes let the researchers identify more than 7,000 unique ions never before found in beer. Maddie Bender, Scientific American, 18 Oct. 2021 After launch and the lengthy journey to the asteroid, the spacecraft will orbit the asteroid for 21 months using a magnetometer and other gadgets like a neutron spectrometer to analyze the metals inside the object. Alex Stone, ABC News, 25 Nov. 2021 Three years ago, Suffolk County, where 3,000 people died from overdoses in the last decade, spent $400,000 on a new mass spectrometer to untangle the crisis. New York Times, 20 Nov. 2021 Tschauner and his colleagues used x-rays to analyze the inclusions and then drilled into two of them with a laser, vaporizing the material and sending it through a device called a mass spectrometer to determine what elements made up the samples. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of spectrometer

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jun 2022

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spectrometer

noun
spec·​trom·​e·​ter | \ spek-ˈträm-ət-ər How to pronounce spectrometer (audio) \

Medical Definition of spectrometer

1 : an instrument used for measuring wavelengths of light spectra
2 : any of various analytical instruments in which an emission (as of particles or radiation) is dispersed according to some property (as mass or energy) of the emission and the amount of dispersion is measured nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer

Other Words from spectrometer

spectrometric \ ˌspek-​trə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce spectrometer (audio) \ adjective
spectrometry \ spek-​ˈträm-​ə-​trē How to pronounce spectrometer (audio) \ noun, plural spectrometries

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