[ key-on ]
/ ˈkeɪ ɒn /
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a meson with strangeness +1 and either positive or zero electric charge, or its antiparticle, with strangeness −1 and either negative or zero electric charge. Symbol: K
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Also called K meson, K-meson.
Origin of kaon
1955–60; ka- (spelling of name of letter k) + (mes)on
OTHER WORDS FROM kaonka·on·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kaon
/ (ˈkeɪɒn) /
a meson that has a positive or negative charge and a rest mass of about 966 electron masses, or no charge and a rest mass of 974 electron massesAlso called: K-meson
Word Origin for kaon
C20: ka representing the letter k + (mes) on
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Scientific definitions for kaon
[ kā′ŏn′ ]
Any of three unstable mesons, one having charge +1 and a mass of 966 electron masses, and two being electrically neutral, with a mass 974 electron masses. Their half-life is approximately 10-8 seconds, and they decay through the weak force. Their decay patterns suggest that CP invariance may be violated. Also called K-meson K particle See Table at subatomic particle.
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