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[mag-nee-toh] /mægˈni toʊ/

noun, plural magnetos. Electricity.
a small electric generator with an armature that rotates in a magnetic field provided by permanent magnets, as a generator supplying ignition current for certain types of internal combustion engines or a hand-operated generator for telephone signaling.
a combining form representing magnetic, or magnetism, in compound words:
noun (pl) -tos
a small electric generator in which the magnetic field is produced by a permanent magnet, esp one for providing the spark in an internal-combustion engine
combining form
indicating magnetism or magnetic properties: magnetosphere

1882, short for magneto-electric machine (see magneto-).

word-forming element meaning “magnetic, magnetism,” from Greek magneto-, combining form of magnes (see magnet).


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    [mag-nee-toh-kem-uh-stree] /mægˌni toʊˈkɛm ə stri/ noun 1. the study of magnetic and chemical phenomena in their relation to one another. /mæɡˌniːtəʊˈkɛmɪstrɪ/ noun 1. the branch of chemistry concerned with the relationship between magnetic and chemical properties

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