nano- [NA noh], nan-, nanno-, -nania

(Greek: dwarf, dwarfish; pygmy; "little old man;" very small or tiny; also, a decimal prefix used in the international metric system for measurements)

This prefix is used in the metric [decimal] system as billionth [U.S.] and thousand-millionth [U.K.], 10-9 [0.000 000 001]. The metric symbol for nano- is n.

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nanotesla
One billionth (10-9) of a tesla.

The tesla (symbol T) is the SI derived unit of magnetic flux density (or magnetic induction). It is a unit that defines the intensity (density) of a magnetic field.

nanotribologist (s) (noun), nanotribologists (pl)
One who specialtizes in the study and applications of friction phenomenon at the nanometer scale (one billionth of a meter or 10-9).
nanotribology (s) (noun), nanotribologies (pl)
The study of friction at the molecular and atomic levels.

This field will become a very important part of production in the years to come, as a new generation of micromachines and nanomachines find their way out of the laboratory and onto the production line.

Pointing to a page about tribology More information about nanotribology is available here.

nanotube
A hollow cylindrical or toroidal molecule made of one element, usually carbon. Nanotubes are being investigated as semiconductors and for uses in nanotechnology.

A toroid is defined as a surface generated by rotating a closed curve around an axis that is in the same plane as the curve but does not intersect it.

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nanounit
nanous
nanovation
A collaborative environment to drive innovation, engineering, design, and quality.

It links all involved research and productive parties into relevant business processes.

nanovid microscopy
Technique of bright field light microscopy using electronic contrast enhancement and maximum numerical aperture.

Nanovid microscopy, by combining small colloidal gold probes with video-enhanced quantitative microscopy, allows for studying the intracellular dynamics of specific proteins in living cells.

nanovolt, nV
A unit of electric potential equal to one billionth of a volt.

An "electric potential" refers to the work required to bring a unit of positive electric charge from infinity to a specific point in an electric field or the amount of work needed to move a unit electric charge from a reference point to a specific point against an electric field.

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nanozooid
1. A dwarf zooid (an individual forming part of a colony; a polyp).
2. A bryozoan heterozooid that has only one tentacle. Bryozoan are members of the phylum Bryozoa: the moss animals, a phylum of minute, mosslike marine and freshwater creatures, with distinct alimentary canals, that form permanent colonies and reproduce by budding.

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Related "few, small, less, little" word units: micro-; mini-; mio-, meio-; oligo-, olig-.


Related "metric" families: yotta; zetta; exa; peta; tera; giga; mega; kilo; hecto; deka; deci; centi; milli; micro; pico; femto; atto; zepto; yocto.