time-of-flight

adjective \ ˈtīm-ə(v)-ˈflīt \

Definition of time-of-flight

: of, relating to, being, or done with an instrument (such as a mass spectrometer) that separates particles (such as ions) according to the time required for them to traverse a tube of a certain length

First Known Use of time-of-flight

1945

in the meaning defined above

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time-of-flight

adjective \ ˌtīm-ə(v)-ˌflīt \

medical Definition of time-of-flight

: of, relating to, being, or done with an instrument (as a mass spectrometer) that separates particles (as ions) according to the time required for them to traverse a tube of a certain length
  • a time-of-flight imaging system
  • time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography
abbreviation TOF

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