Definition of X-ray diffraction

1. Noun. The scattering of X rays by the atoms of a crystal; the diffraction pattern shows structure of the crystal.

Generic synonyms: Diffraction

Definition of X-ray diffraction

1. Noun. (physics) The scattering of X-rays by the regular lattice of atoms or molecules in a crystal. ¹

2. Noun. (physics) The diffraction pattern so obtained. ¹

3. Noun. (analytical chemistry) The technique of using such patterns to determine that geometry of a crystal, or the arrangements of atoms in a molecule; X-ray crystallography. ¹

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Medical Definition of X-ray diffraction

1. Basis of powerful technique for determining the three dimensional structure of molecules, including complex biological macromolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids, that form crystals or regular fibres. Low angle X-ray diffraction is also used to investigate higher levels of ordered structure, as found in muscle fibres. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of X-ray Diffraction

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X-linked inheritance
X-linked locus
X-linked recessive inheritance
X-linked traits
X-ray astronomy
X-ray binary
X-ray computed tomography
X-ray crystallography
X-ray diffraction
X-ray diffractions
X-ray dosimetry
X-ray film
X-ray fluorescence
X-ray generator
X-ray intensifying screens
X-ray machine
X-ray microanalysis
X-ray microscope
X-ray photograph
X-ray photography
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X-ray radiation
X-ray spectrometer

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