psi particle

[ sahy, psahy ]
/ saɪ, psaɪ /

noun Physics.

any of a family of mesons consisting of a charmed quark and a charmed antiquark.
an early name for the J/psi particle.



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Origin of psi particle

First recorded in 1970–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for psi particle

psi particle


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Scientific definitions for psi particle (1 of 2)

psi particle
[ sī, psī ]

See J/psi particle.

Scientific definitions for psi particle (2 of 2)

psi′ particle
[ sīprīm, psī- ]

An electrically neutral meson having a mass 7,213 times that of the electron and a mean lifetime of approximately 1 X 10-20 seconds, composed, like the J/psi particle, of a charm-anticharm quark pair. See Table at subatomic particle.
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