deu·​ter·​on | \ ˈdü-tə-ˌrän How to pronounce deuteron (audio) also ˈdyü- \

Definition of deuteron

: a deuterium nucleus

Examples of deuteron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the police couldn’t pin the crimes on Kamen because the scientist had been locked away in his lab for the past three days, lobbing deuteron particles at a tiny sample of graphite with his colleague, the chemist Samuel Ruben. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Murder! Espionage! Cosmic Rays! The History of Carbon-14 Is Way More Thrilling Than You Think," 25 Feb. 2020 Phoenix’s neutron generators fire deuterons into chambers full of tritium, an even heavier form of hydrogen that has a proton and two neutrons as its nucleus. The Economist, "New ways to make molybdenum-99," 23 Nov. 2019 The particles accelerated, though, are not electrons but deuterons. The Economist, "New ways to make molybdenum-99," 23 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of deuteron

1933, in the meaning defined above

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“Deuteron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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deu·​ter·​on | \ ˈd(y)üt-ə-ˌrän How to pronounce deuteron (audio) \

Medical Definition of deuteron

: a deuterium nucleus

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