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spectrum

 [spek´trum] (L.)
1. the series of images resulting from the refraction of electromagnetic radiation (e.g., light, x-rays) and their arrangement according to frequency or wavelength.
2. range of activity, as of an antibiotic, or of manifestations, as of a disease. adj., adj spec´tral.
absorption spectrum one obtained by passing radiation with a continuous spectrum through a selectively absorbing medium.
broad-spectrum effective against a wide range of microorganisms.
visible spectrum that portion of the range of wavelengths of electromagnetic vibrations (from 770 to 390 nanometers) which is capable of stimulating specialized sense organs and is perceptible as light.

ab·sorp·tion spec·trum

the spectrum observed after light has passed through, and been partially absorbed by, a solution or translucent substance; many molecular groupings have characteristic light absorption patterns, which can be used for detection and quantitative assay.

absorption spectrum

a plot of percent transmittance, absorbance, logarithm of absorbance, or absorptivity of a compound as a function of wavelength, wave number, or frequency of radiation.

absorption spectrum

The range of light a substance absorbs, plotted as a function of energy, frequency or wavelength.

ab·sorp·tion spec·trum

(ăb-sōrp'shŭn spek'trŭm)
The spectrum observed after light has passed through, and been partially absorbed by, a solution or translucent substance. Many molecular groupings have characteristic light absorption patterns, which can be used for detection and quantitative assay.

absorption spectrum

that wavelength of the light spectrum which is absorbed by a pigment. For example, chlorophyll (see Fig. 9 absorbs red and blue light and thus appears green. See ACTION SPECTRUM.

spectrum

pl. spectra, spectrums [L.]
1. the series of images resulting from the refraction of electromagnetic radiation (e.g. light, x-rays) and their arrangement according to frequency or wavelength.
2. range of activity, as of an antibiotic, or of manifestations, as of a disease.

absorption spectrum
one obtained by passing radiation with a continuous spectrum through a selectively absorbing medium.
antibacterial spectrum
the range of bacteria susceptible to a particular antimicrobial or class of antimicrobials.
broad-spectrum
effective against a wide range of microorganisms.
visible spectrum
that portion of the range of wavelengths of electromagnetic vibrations (from 770 to 390 nanometers) which is capable of stimulating specialized sense organs and is perceptible as light.