spectroscopy

noun

spec·​tros·​co·​py spek-ˈträ-skə-pē How to pronounce spectroscopy (audio)
1
: the process or technique of using a spectroscope or spectrometer
2
: the production and investigation of spectra

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The other way is to use methods of spectroscopy to sort of visualize their structure. Josh Fischman, Scientific American, 15 Oct. 2014 Wade, a research fellow at Imperial College London, centers her work on Raman spectroscopy, a technique often employed in chemistry to identify molecules, among other uses. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2022 To determine what was going on, the team used magnetic resonance spectroscopy, a form of magnetic resonance imaging that enables researchers to detect levels of certain chemicals in the brain. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, 11 Aug. 2022 Using analytical techniques, including X-radiography, infrared reflectography, and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF), previously unknown aspects of Modigliani’s work has been revealed. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 The participants reported their levels of fatigue, and researchers used magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to monitor their metabolic response throughout the study period, according to the study. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 11 Aug. 2022 Webb can indulge in spectroscopy—the splitting of light into its constituent wavelengths—which can tell astronomers what molecules make up an exoplanet’s atmosphere. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 9 July 2022 SuperCam sifts through the rock and soil on Mars using laser spectroscopy, bathing targets in highly focused beams of laser light to gather more specific information about the underlying chemical composition. Allison Gasparini, Scientific American, 27 July 2022 The technology used to measure muscle oxygen is called near-infrared spectroscopy, or NIRS. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 18 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of spectroscopy was in 1869

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“Spectroscopy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spectroscopy. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

spectroscopy

noun

spec·​tros·​co·​py spek-ˈträs-kə-pē How to pronounce spectroscopy (audio)
plural spectroscopies
1
a
: the production and investigation of spectra
b
: the process or technique of using a spectroscope or spectrometer
2
: physics that deals with the theory and interpretation of interactions between matter and radiation (as electromagnetic radiation)

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