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[doo-tuh-ron, dyoo-] /ˈdu təˌrɒn, ˈdyu-/
noun, Physics.
a positively charged particle consisting of a proton and a neutron, equivalent to the nucleus of an atom of deuterium.
Compare triton.
Origin of deuteron
1933; < Greek deúter(os) second + -on1 Unabridged
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  • Hadron therapy includes neutrons and protons, which are generated using proton or deuteron accelerators.
  • The first experiment was conducted using a deuteron beam on a beryllium target.
British Dictionary definitions for deuteron


the nucleus of a deuterium atom, consisting of one proton and one neutron
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deuteron in Science
The nucleus of a deuterium atom, consisting of a proton and a neutron. It is regarded as a subatomic particle with unit positive charge.
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