hy·​per·​on | \ ˈhī-pə-ˌrän How to pronounce hyperon (audio) \

Definition of hyperon

: an elementary particle of the baryon group having greater mass than a nucleon

Examples of hyperon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, neutrons might be replaced by hyperons, three-quark particles that include at least one strange quark. Quanta Magazine, "Squishy or Solid? A Neutron Star’s Insides Open to Debate," 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of hyperon

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hyperon

probably from hyper- + -on entry 2

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“Hyperon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperon. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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