ionization chamber

noun

: a partially evacuated tube provided with electrodes so that its conductivity due to the ionization of the residual gas reveals the presence of ionizing radiation

Examples of ionization chamber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An air compressor forces high-pressure air at a rate of 30 liters per minute into an ionization chamber in the device, which uses microwaves to convert this air stream into a plasma jet blasted out of a quartz tube. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ionization chamber was in 1904

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“Ionization chamber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ionization%20chamber. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

ionization chamber

noun
: a partially evacuated tube provided with electrodes so that its conductivity due to the ionization of the residual gas reveals the presence of ionizing radiation

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