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1) A man-made magnetic form of ferric oxide powder formed by sintering ferric oxide with a metal oxide (nickel, manganese, etc.). Metallic ferrites are used in memory chips, semiconductors, recording tapes and various electronic devices.

2) Iron that has been heated to about 910 degrees C and exists as body-centered cubic crystal.

3) A brand name for a synthetic iron oxide pigment. See Mars yellow .

Synonyms and Related Terms

ferrate; Ferrox; ferrospinel; ferrite (Fr.); Ferrit (Deut.); ferriet (Ned.)

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 4082

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