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[bey-tuh-tron or, esp. British, bee-] /ˈbeɪ təˌtrɒn or, esp. British, ˈbi-/
noun, Physics.
an accelerator in which electrons are accelerated to high energies by an electric field produced by a changing magnetic field.
Origin of betatron
1940-45; beta (see beta particle) + -tron Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for betatron


a type of particle accelerator for producing high-energy beams of electrons, having an alternating magnetic field to keep the electrons in a circular orbit of fixed radius and accelerate them by magnetic induction. It produces energies of up to about 300 MeV
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betatron in Medicine

betatron be·ta·tron (bā'tə-trŏn', bē'-)
A magnetic induction device capable of accelerating electrons to energies of several hundred million electron volts.

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betatron in Science
A type of particle accelerator that uses changing magnetic fields to accelerate electrons. Energies of several hundred million electron volts can be achieved in a betatron. See also particle accelerator.
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