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a branch of technology dealing with the manufacture of objects with dimensions of less than 100 nanometres and the manipulation of individual molecules and atoms
nan•o•tech•nol•o•gy (ˈnæn ə tɛkˌnɒl ə dʒi, ˈneɪ nə-)
a technology executed on the scale of less than 100 nanometers, the goal of which is to control individual atoms and molecules, esp. to create computer chips and other microscopic devices.
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