paramagnetism - Science Definition[părˌə-măgˈnĭ-tĭzˌəm]
The property of being weakly attracted to either pole of a magnet. Paramagnetic materials, such as aluminum and platinum, become slightly magnetized when exposed to a magnetic field, but they lose their magnetism when the field is removed. When these materials are magnetized by a nearby magnet, the orientation of their north and sole poles results in their being attracted to the closest pole of the magnet. Compare diamagnetism, ferromagnetism.
Variant of paramagnetic
designating or of a material, as aluminum or platinum, having a magnetic permeability slightly greater than unity and varying to only a small extent with the magnetizing force
- paramagnetism noun