: of, relating to, or being one of three or more closely related chemical substances
: third in position in the structure of an organic molecule from a particular group or atom—symbol γ
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Other waves are fast and choppy—awake and conscious activity is typically associated with beta (13 to 30 Hz) and gamma waves (roughly 30 to 100 Hz).—Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 13 June 2023 Seconds after their ventilators were removed, two of the patients’ brains suddenly lit up with a burst of neuronal activity in high-frequency patterns called gamma waves that continued as the heart stopped beating.—Bysara Reardon, science.org, 1 May 2023 Some companies have begun selling devices designed to trigger gamma waves without first proving that the devices are effective.—Ryan Cross, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Mar. 2023 As these rates lag, coronavirus variants that are more transmissible and dangerous than the original strain continue to spread, including the delta variant that’s now dominant in the U.S., the gamma variant in Brazil, and the beta variant in South Africa.—Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 26 Aug. 2021 Delta also lacks the E484K mutation, which has made the gamma variant so worrisome.—Liz Szabo, Quartz, 29 July 2021 So far, experts say, no coronavirus variant among the ones known so far — alpha, beta, delta plus, gamma, lambda and others — rivals delta as a competitor.—San Francisco Chronicle, 21 July 2021 The gamma wave activity of two patients shortly before death is considered the fastest brain activity possible.—Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 9 May 2023 But the brain activity measurements for two of the patients showed surges in gamma waves after they were taken off life support and experienced cardiac arrest.—Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2023
The company expects these programs to lead to full a gamma version and full production runs by the end of 2024.—IEEE Spectrum, 31 Jan. 2023 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 See More
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Middle English, borrowed from Latin, borrowed from Greek gȧmma, borrowed from Phoenician *gaml-, perhaps with the original sense "throwing stick"