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[bar-ee-on] /ˈbær iˌɒn/
noun, Physics.
a proton, neutron, or any elementary particle that decays into a set of particles that includes a proton.
Compare quark model.
Origin of baryon
1950-55; < Greek barý(s) heavy + (fermi)on
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[bar-ee-on-ik] /ˌbær iˈɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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any of a class of elementary particles that have a mass greater than or equal to that of the proton, participate in strong interactions, and have a spin of 1/2. Baryons are either nucleons or hyperons. The baryon number is the number of baryons in a system minus the number of antibaryons
Word Origin
C20: bary-, from Greek barus heavy + -on
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baryon in Science
Any of a family of subatomic particles composed of three quarks or three antiquarks. They are generally more massive than mesons, and interact with each other via the strong force. Baryons form a subclass of hadrons and are subdivided into nucleons and hyperons. Protons and neutrons are baryons. See Table at subatomic particle.
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