backscatter

or back·scat·ter·ing

[bak-skat-er or bak-skat-er-ing]

Origin of backscatter

First recorded in 1955–60; back2 + scatter
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backscatter in Science

backscatter

[băkskăt′ər]
  1. The deflection of radiation or particles by electromagnetic or nuclear forces through angles greater than 90° to the initial direction of travel.
  2. The radiation or particles so deflected.
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