parton

[ pahr-ton ]
/ ˈpɑr tɒn /
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noun Physics.

a constituent of the nucleon originally postulated in the theoretical analysis of high-energy scattering of electrons by nucleons and subsequently identified with quarks and gluons.

Nearby words

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  9. partridge wood,
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Origin of parton

1965–70; part(icle) + -on1; coined by R. P. Feynman

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British Dictionary definitions for parton

parton

/ (ˈpɑːˌtɒn) /

noun

physics a hypothetical elementary particle postulated as a constituent of neutrons and protons

Word Origin for parton

from part + -on

Parton

/ (ˈpɑːtən) /

noun

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