secondary radiation


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 25 Mar. 2023.

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