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{{DefName|The symbol ''m/z'' is used to denote the dimensionless quantity formed by dividing the mass of an ion in atomic units by its [[charge number]]. The symbol is italicized lower case letters with no spaces.}}
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Three-character symbol ''m/z'' is used to denote the dimensionless quantity formed by dividing the mass of an ion in unified atomic mass units by its charge number (regardless of sign). The symbol is written in italicized lower case letters with no spaces.
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Note 1:  The term [[mass-to-charge-ratio]] is deprecated. Mass-to-charge-ratio has been used for the abscissa of a mass spectrum, although the quantity measured is not the quotient of the ion's mass to its electric charge.  The three-character symbol ''m/z'' is recommended for the dimensionless quantity that is the independent variable in a mass spectrum
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Note 2:  The proposed unit [[thomson]] (Th) is deprecated.
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Orange Book Entry

m/z ratio.

Gold Book Entry

The abbreviation m/z is used to denote the dimensionless quantity formed by dividing the mass number of an ion by its charge number. It has long been called the mass-to-charge ratio although m is not the ionic mass nor is z a multiple or the elementary (electronic) charge, e. The abbreviation m/e is, therefore, not recommended. Thus, for example, for the ion C7H72+, m/z equals 45.5.


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External Links

Wikipedia:Mass-to-charge_ratio