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positron

[ poz-i-tron ]
/ ˈpɒz ɪˌtrɒn /
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noun Physics.
an elementary particle having the same mass and spin as an electron but having a positive charge equal in magnitude to that of the electron's negative charge; the antiparticle of the electron.
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Origin of positron

First recorded in 1930–35; posi(tive) + (elec)tron
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British Dictionary definitions for positron

positron
/ (ˈpɒzɪˌtrɒn) /

noun
physics the antiparticle of the electron, having the same mass but an equal and opposite charge. It is produced in certain decay processes and in pair production, annihilation occurring when it collides with an electron

Word Origin for positron

C20: from posi (tive + elec) tron
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Scientific definitions for positron

positron
[ pŏzĭ-trŏn′ ]

The antiparticle that corresponds to an electron. Also called antielectron
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Cultural definitions for positron

positron
[ (poz-i-tron) ]

The antiparticle for an electron; it has the same mass as an electron, but carries a positive charge.

notes for positron

Positrons are found in collisions initiated by cosmic rays.
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