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Terminology related to mass spectrometry


EVISA is providing a list of terms used in the area of speciation and fractionation analysis as a searchable glossary. Since speciation analysis is a field of analytical chemistry that is specified by a pronounced interdisciplinary cooperation between different sciences such as biochemistry, medicine, biology, environmental sciences, nutritional sciences and material sciences its terminology is a complex mixture of terms used in all these.

In case that you cannot find a term related to mass spectrometry within EVISA's glossary, you may consult more special glossaries or handbooks about the terminology of mass spectrometry:

Glossaries and web-based resources

Mass Spec Terms Project/ MS Terms Wiki
SpectroscopyNow: Mass Spectrometry Glossary
Base Peak: Mass Spectrometry Resource from Wiley: Mass Spectrometry Glossary of Terms



Books and other publications related to MS terminology

Jan Urban, Nils Kristian Afseth, Dalibor Štys, Fundamental definitions and confusions in mass spectrometry about mass assignment, centroiding and resolution, Trends. Anal. Chem., 53 (2014) 126-136. DOI: 10.1016/j.trac.2013.07.010
Kermit K. Murray, Robert K. Boyd, Marcos N. Eberlin, G. John Langley, Liang Li, Yasuhide Naito, Definitions of terms relating to mass spectrometry (IUPAC Recommendations 2013), Pure Appl. Chem., 85/7 (2013) 1515–1609. DOI: 10.1351/PAC-REC-06-04-06 
Ulrich Flenker, Isotope ratio mass spectrom,etry - history and terminology in brief, Drug. Terst.. Anal., 4/12 (2012) 893-896. DOI: 10.1002/dta.1399
Tyler B. Coplen, Guidelines and recommended terms for expression of stableisotope-ratio and gas-ratio measurement results, Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom., 25 (2011) 2538–2560. DOI: 10.1002/rcm.5129
Anthony Mallet, Steve Down, Dictionary of Mass Spectrometry, John Wiley & Sons, 2010
K.K. Murray, Glossary of Terms for Separations Coupled to Mass Spectrometry, J. Chromatogr. A, 1217 (2010) 3922. doi: 10.1016/j.chroma.2010.03.013
K.L. Busch, Acronyms in Mass Spectrometry, Spectroscopy, 19 (2004) 40-44.
K.L. Busch, A Glossary for Mass Spectrometry, Spectroscopy, 17 (2002) S26-S34.
K.L. Busch, Units in Mass Spectrometry, Spectroscopy, 16 (2001) 28-31.
J.F.J. Todd, Recommendations for nomenclature and symbolism for mass spectroscopy (including an appendix of terms used in vaccun technology), Int. J. Mass. Spectrom., 142/2 (1995) 209-240. doi: 10.1016/0168-1176(95)93811-F
J.F.J. Todd, Recommendations for nomenclature and symbolism for mass spectroscopy (including an appendix of terms used in vaccun technology), Pure Appl. Chem., 63/10 (1991) 1541-1566.
P. Price, Standard Definitions of Terms Relating to Mass Spectrometry : A report from the Committee on Measurements and Standards of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom., 2 (1991) 336-48. doi: 10.1016/1044-0305(91)80025-3
J.H. Beynon, Recommendations for Symbolism and Nomenclature for Mass Spectroscopy, Pure Appl. Chem, 50/1 (1978) 65-73



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