gamma

noun
gam·​ma | \ ˈga-mə How to pronounce gamma (audio) \

Definition of gamma

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the 3rd letter of the Greek alphabet — see Alphabet Table
2 : the degree of contrast of a developed photographic image or of a video image
3 : a unit of magnetic flux density equal to one nanotesla
4 : gamma ray gamma counter
5 : microgram

gamma

adjective

Definition of gamma (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being one of three or more closely related chemical substances
2 : third in position in the structure of an organic molecule from a particular group or atom symbol γ

Examples of gamma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And the worldwide shortage of gamma ferric oxide has brought tape production to a crawl. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 11 Oct. 2019 In addition to remaining unperturbed by the outside world, this specific subset of cells tended to spike regularly at gamma-range intervals, like a metronome. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, 18 July 2019 This revealed phytanic acid (frequently found in the fat and milk of ruminants), azelaic acid (common in wholegrain cereals) and gamma-terpinene (typically found in herbs like coriander). The Economist, 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of gamma

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gamma

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Latin, borrowed from Greek gȧmma, borrowed from Phoenician *gaml-, perhaps with the original sense "throwing stick"

Adjective

attributive use of gamma entry 1

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“Gamma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gamma. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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gamma

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gamma

: the third letter of the Greek alphabet

gamma

noun
gam·​ma | \ ˈgam-ə How to pronounce gamma (audio) \

Medical Definition of gamma

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the third letter of the Greek alphabet symbol Γ or γ
2 : a unit of magnetic flux density equal to one nanotesla
3 : gamma ray usually used as the attributive form of gamma ray gamma counter

gamma

adjective
variants: or γ-

Medical Definition of gamma (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to one of three or more closely related chemical substances the gamma chain of hemoglobin γ-yohimbine used somewhat arbitrarily to specify ordinal relationship or a particular physical form and especially one that is allotropic, isomeric, or stereoisomeric (as in gamma benzene hexachloride)
2 : third in position in the structure of an organic molecule from a particular group or atom also : occurring at or having a structure characterized by such a position γ-hydroxy acids
3 of streptococci : producing no hemolysis on blood agar plates

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