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backscatter

[bak-skat-er] /ˈbækˌskæt ər/
noun, Physics.
1.
the deflection of nuclear particles or of radiation in a scattering process through an angle greater than 90°.
Also, backscattering.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; back2 + scatter
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backscatter
  (bāk'skāt'ər)   
  1. The deflection of radiation or particles by electromagnetic or nuclear forces through angles greater than 90° to the initial direction of travel.

  2. The radiation or particles so deflected.


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