secondary radiation


: radiation emitted by molecules or atoms after bombardment by a primary radiation

Examples of secondary radiation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But that's going to take serious investment in new technologies that can repel the cosmic rays without creating secondary radiation. Science Not Fiction, Discover Magazine, 5 Nov. 2010 Lunar workers would already by susceptible to harmful cosmic radiation raining down on them, but they would also be exposed to the secondary radiation generated during experiments. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 10 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of secondary radiation was in 1900

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“Secondary radiation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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