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

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Other Words from spectrometer

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

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Mass spectrometer analysis shows how much of the trace uranium in the core’s layers has decayed to thorium, and the ratio between the two elements is used to calculate each layer’s approximate age. Elizabeth Svoboda, Scientific American, "Cores from Coral Reefs Hold Secrets of the Seas’ Past and Future," 6 June 2018 Next, Ash scanned the hairs with an ultraviolet laser, and analyzed the resulting tiny particles with the mass spectrometer. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study brings us one step closer to solving 1994 thallium poisoning case," 25 Dec. 2018 The chemicals used in a bomb are analyzed with gas chromatographs and mass spectrometers. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology of Pipe Bombs and Suspicious Packages, Explained," 25 Oct. 2018 In addition, the asteroid finally moved into range of OSIRIS-REx’s spectrometers, which are instruments designed to measure what the asteroid is made of. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "OSIRIS-REx Discovers Water on Asteroid Bennu," 11 Dec. 2018 Cassini had a couple of imaging spectrometers on board. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "The deserts of Titan have organic dust storms," 4 Oct. 2018 An imaging spectrometer, the M3 created the first mineralogical map of the lunar surface. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Find Direct Evidence of Water Ice on the Lunar Surface," 21 Aug. 2018 Finding proton-neutron love in a sea of neutrons Experiments from the continuous electron-beam accelerator facility and large acceptance spectrometer at the US' Jefferson Laboratory have now shown that neutrons actually play nice. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "High-energy protons emitted after hooking up with neutrons," 16 Aug. 2018 The space barrier was detected with New Horizons' instrument Alice, a compact ultraviolet imaging telescope and spectrometer. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Horizons Detects Possible Hydrogen Wall at the Edge of the Solar System," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of spectrometer

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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