-tron


a combining form extracted from electron, used with nouns or combining forms, principally in the names of electron tubes (ignitron; klystron; magnetron) and of devices for accelerating subatomic particles (cosmotron; cyclotron); also, more generally, in the names of any kind of chamber or apparatus used in experiments (biotron).

Nearby words

  1. -trich,
  2. -tricha,
  3. -trichous,
  4. -tripsy,
  5. -trix,
  6. -trope,
  7. -troph,
  8. -trophic,
  9. -trophy,
  10. -tropic

Origin of -tron

by initial shortening of electron, with perhaps accidental allusion to the Gk instrumental suffix -tron, as in árotron plough

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British Dictionary definitions for -tron

-tron

suffix forming nouns

indicating a vacuum tubemagnetron
indicating an instrument for accelerating atomic or subatomic particlessynchrotron

Word Origin for -tron

from Greek, suffix indicating instrument

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Word Origin and History for -tron

-tron

as a word-forming element in new compounds formed in physics, 1939, abstracted from electron (Greek -tron was an instrumentive suffix).

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