Definition of hadron
: any of the subatomic particles (such as protons and neutrons) that are made up of quarks and are subject to the strong force
hadronicplay \ha-ˈdrä-nik\ adjective
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So do electrons and particles called hadrons, but their showers differ subtly from those of photons.
There are six different types of quark—up, down, charm, strange, top, and bottom—and most hadrons are made up of different combinations of two or three of them.
Hadrons are a class of subatomic particles that includes protons and neutrons.
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Origin and Etymology of hadron
International Scientific Vocabulary hadr- thick, heavy (from Greek hadros thick) + 2-on
First Known Use: 1962See Words from the same year
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