Compton effect

noun
Comp·ton effect | \ˈkäm(p)-tən- \

Medical Definition of Compton effect 

: the loss of energy and concomitant increase in wavelength of a usually high-energy photon (as of X-rays or gamma rays) that occurs upon collision of the photon with an electron

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