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[boh-son] /ˈboʊ sɒn/
noun, Physics.
any particle that obeys Bose-Einstein statistics: bosons have integral spins: 0, 1, 2, ….
Compare fermion.
Origin of boson
1945-50; named after S. N. Bose (1894-1974), Indian physicist; see -on1 Unabridged
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  • To whatever makes up a boson, it lives and dies on its own time scale.
British Dictionary definitions for boson


any of a group of elementary particles, such as a photon or pion, that has zero or integral spin and obeys the rules of Bose-Einstein statistics Compare fermion
Word Origin
C20: named after Satyendra Nath Bose; see -on
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Word Origin and History for boson

class of subatomic particles, named for Indian physicist Satyendra Nath Bose (1894-1974) + subatomic particle suffix -on.

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boson in Science
Any of a class of elementary or composite particles, including the photon, pion, and gluon, that are not subject to the Pauli exclusion principle (that is, any two bosons can potentially be in the same quantum state). The value of the spin of a boson is always an integer. Mesons are bosons, as are the gauge bosons (the particles that mediate the fundamental forces). They are named after the physicist Satyendra Nath Bose. Compare fermion, See Note at elementary particle. See Table at subatomic particle.
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