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scintillation counter

noun
1.
a device for detecting and measuring radioactivity, having a crystal scintillator, a photoelectric cell sensitive to the light from scintillations, and an amplifier.
Also called scintillometer
[sin-tl-om-i-ter] /ˌsɪn tlˈɒm ɪ tər/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of scintillation counter
1945-1950
1945-50
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  • If brains were radium, you couldn't make a flicker on a scintillation counter.

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British Dictionary definitions for scintillation counter

scintillation counter

noun
1.
an instrument for detecting and measuring the intensity of high-energy radiation. It consists of a phosphor with which particles collide producing flashes of light that are detected by a photomultiplier and converted into pulses of electric current that are counted by electronic equipment
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scintillation counter in Medicine

scintillation counter n.
A device for detecting and counting scintillations produced by ionizing radiation. Also called scintillascope.

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