sievert

[ see-vert ]
/ ˈsi vərt /

noun Physics.

the standard unit in the International System of Units (SI) of dose equivalent having the same biological effect as one joule of x-rays per kilogram of recipient mass (or one gray): The average person receives about 2 to 3 one-thousandths of a sievert per year from naturally occurring radiation in the environment. Abbreviation: Sv
Compare gray2, rem.

Origin of sievert

named in honor of Swedish radiologist Rolf Maximilian Sievert (1896–1966)
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British Dictionary definitions for sievert

sievert

/ (ˈsiːvət) /

noun

the derived SI unit of dose equivalent, equal to 1 joule per kilogram. 1 sievert is equivalent to 100 remsSymbol: Sv
(formerly) a unit of gamma radiation dose approximately equal to 8.4 × 10 –2 gray

Word Origin for sievert

C20: named after Rolf Sievert (1896–1966), Swedish physicist
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Medicine definitions for sievert

sievert

[ sēvərt ]

n.

A unit of ionizing radiation absorbed dose equivalent in the International System of Units, obtained as a product of the absorbed dose measure in grays and a dimensionless factor, stipulated by the International Commission on Radiological Protection, and indicating the biological effectiveness of the radiation.
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Science definitions for sievert

sievert

[ sēvərt ]

The SI derived unit used to measure the amount of radiation necessary to produce the same effect on living tissue as one gray of high-penetration x-rays. The sievert is named after Swedish physicist Rolf Sievert (1896-1966).
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