neutron activation analysis


: an analytical method used to determine the chemical elements comprising a material by bombarding it with neutrons to produce radioactive atoms whose emissions are indicative of the elements present

called also neutron activation

Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neutron activation analysis was in 1947

Dictionary Entries Near neutron activation analysis


neutron activation analysis

neutron bomb

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“Neutron activation analysis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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