Nitinol Definition

nītn-ôl, -ŏl
Any of several paramagnetic alloys of nickel and titanium that can be heated and shaped: when cooled and deformed, they resume their previous shapes upon being reheated.
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Origin of Nitinol

  • After the Ni(ckel) Ti(tanium) N(aval) O(rdnance) L(aboratory) where its shape-memory properties were discovered

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Compound of the chemical symbols Ni (“nickel”) and Ti (“titanium”) + NOL (“Naval Ordinance Laboratory”).

    From Wiktionary

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