fermion

noun
fer·​mi·​on | \ˈfer-mē-ˌän, ˈfər-\

Definition of fermion 

: a particle (such as an electron, proton, or neutron) whose spin quantum number is an odd multiple of ¹/₂ — compare boson

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fermionic \ˌfer-​mē-​ˈä-​nik, ˌfər-​ \ adjective

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The quasiparticles produced here, called Majorana fermions, are their own antimatter. Shannon Palus, Discover Magazine, "Electrons ‘Split’ in New Form of Matter," 22 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of fermion

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fermion

Enrico Fermi + English -on entry 2

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