/fer'uy mag net"ik, fer'ee-/, adj. Physics.
noting or pertaining to a substance, as a ferrite, in which the magnetic moments of some neighboring atoms point in opposite directions, with a net magnetization still resulting because of differences in magnitudes of the opposite moments. Cf. antiferromagnetic, diamagnetic, ferromagnetic.
[1950-55; FERRI- + MAGNETIC; cf. F ferrimagnétisme]

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