beta particle


Definition of beta particle

: a high-speed electron specifically : one emitted by a radioactive nucleus in beta decay

Examples of beta particle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fourth decay can occur by two different routes, with each path releasing one alpha particle and one beta particle before reaching lead-209. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Health," 1 Feb. 2020 Of course the frisker was measuring gamma waves in addition to alpha and beta particles; all these people presumably cared about was the particles, which could continue to do harm after being removed from the zone. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "As Innocuous as Plant No. 1," 10 Apr. 2018 Radionuclides: Water systems monitor for beta particles and photon radioactivity in drinking water. Nathaniel Levine, sacbee, "1,741 districts violated drinking water rules in 2016. Did you drink their water?," 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of beta particle

1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Beta particle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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Medical Definition of beta particle

: a high-speed electron specifically : one emitted during radioactive decay of an atomic nucleus

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