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Definition of Mass spectrometry

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Mass spectrometry: A process used to identify chemicals in a substance by their mass and charge. Mass spectrometers are instruments that measure mass and charge of molecules. A mass spectrometer also can determine how much of a compound is present in a mixture. Also known as mass spectroscopy. See also: Tandem mass spectrometry.

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Reviewed on 12/21/2018

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