linear accelerator

noun

Definition of linear accelerator

: a device in which charged particles are accelerated in a straight line by successive impulses from a series of electric fields

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1945

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linear accelerator

noun

medical Definition of linear accelerator

: an accelerator in which particles are propelled in a straight line and receive successive increments of energy through the application of alternating potentials to a series of electrodes and gaps

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