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hadron

[had-ron] /ˈhæd rɒn/
noun, Physics.
1.
any elementary particle that is subject to the strong interaction. Hadrons are subdivided into baryons and mesons.
Compare quark.
Origin
1962
1962; < Greek hadr(ós) thick, bulky + -on1
Related forms
hadronic
[ha-dron-ik] /hæˈdrɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • Baryons, along with mesons, are hadrons, meaning they are particles composed of quarks.
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hadron

/ˈhædrɒn/
noun
1.
any elementary particle capable of taking part in a strong nuclear interaction and therefore excluding leptons and photons
Derived Forms
hadronic, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from Greek hadros heavy, from hadēn enough + -on
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Word Origin and History for hadrons

hadron

n.

1962, from Greek hadros "thick, bulky," the primary sense, also "strong, great; large, well-grown, ripe," from PIE root *sa- "to satisfy" (see sad). With elementary particle suffix -on. Coined in Russian as adron.

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hadrons in Science
hadron
  (hād'rŏn')   
Any of a class of subatomic particles composed of a combination of two or more quarks or antiquarks. Quarks (and antiquarks) of different colors are held together in hadrons by the strong nuclear force. Hadrons include both baryons (composed of three quarks or three antiquarks) and mesons (composed of a quark and an antiquark). The combination of quark colors in a hadron must be neutral, for example, red and antired (as in a pion) or red, blue, and green (as in a proton). Compare baryon, lepton.

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