1. physics the quotient of the sum of the initial kinetic energies of all the charged particles liberated by indirectly ionizing radiation in a volume element of a material divided by the mass of the volume element. The SI unit is the gray

Word Origin for kerma

C20: k (inetic) e (nergy) r (eleased per unit) ma (ss)
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