One of the crystalline forms (see allotropy) of the metal iron, present together with other forms in steel, wrought iron, and cast iron. It is also carried α-iron, and has highly magnetic properties. The name ferrite is also given to chemical compounds such as nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) and zinc ferrite (ZnFe2O4), which are found naturally in rocks and also synthesized as magnetic materials. See also ferromagnetism.
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