# What is magnetohydrodynamics?

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*The study of the interaction of* ** magnetic fields** and

*electrically conducting fluids**(as plasma or molten metal).*

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The word **magnetohydrodynamics (MHD)** is derived from *magneto*- meaning *magnetic field*, *hydro*- meaning *water*, and -*dynamics* meaning *movement.*

Examples of such fluids include ** plasmas** and

**. The set of equations which describe MHD is a combination of the**

*liquid metals***Navier-Stokes equations of fluid mechanics**and

**Maxwell's equations of electromagnetism.**

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