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precession

[-sesh′ən]
Etymology: L, praecedere, to go before
a comparatively slow gyration of the axis of a spinning body such that the axis traces out a cone, caused by the application of a torque. The magnetic moment of a nucleus with spin experiences such a torque when inclined at an angle to an applied magnetic field, resulting in precession at the Larmor frequency.

precession

An MRI term for the relatively slow gyration of the axis of a spinning body, which traces out a conical configuration. Precision is caused by the application of a torque which tends to change the direction of the rotation axis and is continuously directed at right angles to the plane of the torque. The magnetic moment of a nucleus with spin will experience such a torque when inclined at an angle to the magnetic field, resulting in precession at the Larmor frequency.

pre·ces·sion

(prē-sesh'ŭn)
The secondary spin of magnetic movements around the main magnetic field.
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