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decay constant

noun, Physics.
1.
the reciprocal of the decay time.
Also called decay rate, disintegration constant.
Origin of decay constant
1930-1935
1930-35
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  • The decay and ingrowth corrections must be in time units consistent with the decay constant.
  • Activity is defined as being equal to n x l, where n is the number of atoms of a radionuclide and l is the decay constant.
decay constant in Medicine

decay constant n.

Symbol λ The constant ratio for the number of atoms of a radionuclide that decay in a given period of time compared with the total number of atoms of the same kind present at the beginning of that period. Also called disintegration constant, radioactive constant.

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