Definition of nitinol in English:

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nitinol

Pronunciation: /ˈnitn-äl/ Pronunciation: /-ôl/

noun

An alloy of nickel and titanium.
Example sentences
  • The range of metals available to medical device manufacturers includes various grades of stainless steel, titanium, nitinol, cobalt-chromium alloys, and tantalum, among others.
  • Chemical machining can be used to shape stainless steel, titanium, nitinol, and other metals into a variety of components, including mesh, stents, springs, and lead frames.
  • Morphing fasteners are produced with alloys like nitinol, a shape-memory material, to place or withdraw the catch portion of the locking mechanism.

Origin

1960s: from the chemical symbols Ni and Ti + the initial letters of Naval Ordnance Laboratory (in Silver Spring, Maryland, where it was first produced).

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Syllabification: ni·ti·nol

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