upsilon

[ yoop-suh-lon, -luhn, uhp-; especially British yoop-sahy-luhn ]
/ ˈyup səˌlɒn, -lən, ˈʌp-; especially British yupˈsaɪ lən /

noun

the 20th letter of the Greek alphabet (Υ, υ).
the vowel sound represented by this letter.
Also called upsilon particle. Physics. any of a family of heavy, short-lived, neutral mesons that are composed of a bottom quark and its antiquark. Symbol: Υ, υ

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Origin of upsilon

First recorded in 1615–25; from Late Greek ŷ psīlón, literally, “simple u” (to distinguish it from the digraph oi, pronounced the same in Late Greek )
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British Dictionary definitions for upsilon

upsilon
/ (ˈʌpsɪˌlɒn, juːpˈsaɪlən) /

noun

the 20th letter in the Greek alphabet (Υ, υ), a vowel, transliterated as y or u

Word Origin for upsilon

C17: from Medieval Greek u psilon simple u, name adopted for graphic u to avoid confusion with graphic oi, since pronunciation was the same for both in Late Greek
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Medical definitions for upsilon (1 of 2)

upsilon

n.

The 20th letter of the Greek alphabet.

Medical definitions for upsilon (2 of 2)

υ

The Greek letter upsilon. Entries beginning with this character are alphabetized under upsilon.
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