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gamma ray

noun, Physics.
1.
a photon of penetrating electromagnetic radiation (gamma radiation) emitted from an atomic nucleus.
2.
a photon emitted by an electron as a result of internal conversion.
3.
electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths shorter than approximately one tenth of a nanometer.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
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  • Certain gamma ray frequencies correspond to the chemical signature of explosives.
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gamma ray in Medicine

gamma ray n.
Electromagnetic radiation emitted from the nucleus of an atom by radioactive decay and having energies in a range from ten thousand (104) to ten million (107) electron volts.

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gamma ray in Science
gamma ray  
A stream of high-energy electromagnetic radiation given off by an atomic nucleus undergoing radioactive decay. Because the wavelengths of gamma rays are shorter than those of x-rays, gamma rays have greater energy and penetrating power than x-rays. Gamma rays are emitted by pulsars, quasars, and radio galaxies but cannot penetrate the Earth's atmosphere. See more at radioactive decay.
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