from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The study of spectra, especially experimental observation of optical spectra or mass spectra, to determine the properties of their source.
  • noun A variety or instance of such study.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That branch of science, more particularly of chemical and physical science, which is concerned with the use of the spectroscope and with spectrum analysis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun the art and science dealing with the use of a spectroscope, and the production and analysis of spectra; the action of using a spectroscope.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The scientific study of spectra.
  • noun analytical chemistry, countable The use of spectrometers in chemical analysis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the use of spectroscopes to analyze spectra


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

spectro- + -scopy


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