Base peak

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DRAFT DEFINITION
Base peak

The peak in a mass spectrum that has the greatest intensity. This term may be applied to the spectra of pure substances or mixtures.

Considered between 2004 and 2006 but not included in the 2006 PAC submission
This is an unofficial draft definition presented for information and comment.

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The peak in a mass spectrum corresponding to the separated ion beam which has the greatest intensity. This term may be applied to the spectra of pure substances or mixtures.