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gauss 
C.G.S. unit of intensity of a magnetic field, 1882, named for German mathematician Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855). Related: Gaussage; gaussian.
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degauss (v.)

"de-magnetize," originally especially of ships as a defense against magnetic mines, 1940, from de- + the name of German scientist Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855), a pioneer in the study of magnetics.

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