gamma radiation


: radiation composed of gamma rays

Examples of gamma radiation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This means that the wavelength of gamma radiation can be around 1,000 times smaller than visible light. WIRED, 8 Sep. 2023 Steve Rogers, the man who would become Captain America, was not subjected to an accidental burst of gamma radiation or the bite of a radioactive spider. Kyle Munkittrick, Discover Magazine, 11 June 2011 Typically, 4 to 5 Gy of gamma radiation over a short period of time is lethal to humans. Monique Brouillette, Popular Mechanics, 6 July 2023 The film was directed by Louis Leterrier and depicted the origin story of Bruce’s exposure to gamma radiation that transformed him into the raging green monster known as the Hulk. Mckinley Franklin, Variety, 15 June 2023 Industrial radiography cameras may use a very high activity gamma radiation source and are commonly used to inspect the integrity of ships, pipes and other small spaces, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration. Rebekah Riess, CNN, 12 Mar. 2023 In the comics, Walters receives her dose of gamma radiation via a blood transfusion from her cousin, thus allowing her to Hulk out by night and stalk the courtroom by day. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 19 May 2022 Unlike lower energy radiation that is put out by cell phones and microwaves, gamma radiation is at the very high end of the electromagnetic spectrum. Kyle Hill, Discover Magazine, 31 May 2013 Exposure to Cs-137 can also increase one’s risk of cancer, as a result of high-energy gamma radiation. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 30 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gamma radiation was in 1904

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“Gamma radiation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

gamma radiation

: radiation made up of gamma rays

Medical Definition

gamma radiation

: radiation that is composed of gamma rays and is used in cancer radiotherapy

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