[ hahy-puh-ron ]
/ ˈhaɪ pəˌrɒn /

noun Physics.

any baryon with strangeness other than zero, especially one with a relatively long lifetime.

Origin of hyperon

First recorded in 1950–55; hyper- + -on1
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British Dictionary definitions for hyperon


/ (ˈhaɪpəˌrɒn) /


physics any baryon that is not a nucleon

Word Origin for hyperon

C20: from hyper- + -on
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Science definitions for hyperon


[ hīpə-rŏn′ ]

Any of various baryons, other than the proton and neutron, that are unstable. The lambda particle is such an example. Hyperons are heavier than protons and neutrons, and they have nonzero strangeness.

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