beta radiation

[(bay-tuh)]

High-energy electrons, carrying a negative charge, that are sent out by some radioactive nuclei. (See alpha radiation and gamma radiation.)


Nearby words

  1. beta globulin,
  2. beta granule,
  3. beta iron,
  4. beta line,
  5. beta particle,
  6. beta ray,
  7. beta receptor,
  8. beta rhythm,
  9. beta sheet,
  10. beta stock

Note

Beta radiation, unlike alpha radiation, has some penetrating power and can pass through clothing and wooden walls.

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