spinthariscope

noun
spin·​thar·​i·​scope | \ spin-ˈther-ə-ˌskōp How to pronounce spinthariscope (audio) , -ˈtha-rə- \

Definition of spinthariscope

: an instrument for visual detection of alpha particles that consists of a fluorescent screen and a magnifying lens system

First Known Use of spinthariscope

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spinthariscope

Greek spintharis spark + English -scope

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The first known use of spinthariscope was in 1903

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“Spinthariscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinthariscope. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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