gamma radiation


Definition of gamma radiation

: radiation composed of gamma rays

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Reiners is talking about stuff like gamma radiation that could be potentially fatal for microbes. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "Earth-Like Planet Found Orbiting the Nearest Star to the Sun," 24 Aug. 2016 The cells shut down in response to DNA-damaging agents like gamma radiation, or when a cancer-inducing gene was inserted. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Naked mole rats have a complicated relationship with cancer," 7 Feb. 2018 Painted in patriotic Swedish blue and yellow, it is festooned with large ventilation pipes that can keep out gamma radiation and other potential hazards. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Sweden plans to build more bunkers amid fears of Russian aggression," 6 Mar. 2018 The Illinois Emergency Management Agency leases land in various locations around Zion for gamma radiation detectors. Mary Mcintyre, Lake County News-Sun, "Gamma radiation detectors: just one reminder of Zion's nuclear legacy," 11 Sep. 2017 Immediately following the chirp of this latest gravitational wave detection, NASA’s Fermi Space telescope recorded a flash of gamma radiation. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "Scientists Spot the Spark From Ancient Collision of Neutron Stars," 16 Oct. 2017 Up until now, astronomers have had to rely on the electromagnetic spectrum—from radio waves, through visible light, to gamma radiation—to gaze at the universe. The Economist, "The 2017 Nobel science prizesBody clocks, gravitational waves and studying protein structure," 5 Oct. 2017 Bombs typically only emit 0.1 percent to 0.5 percent of their energy as gamma radiation, though exotic designs may increase this output. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Is an EMP, and Could North Korea Really Use One Against the U.S.?," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of gamma radiation

1904, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of gamma radiation

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

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