[ zee-zeer-oh ]
/ ˈziˈzɪər oʊ /
one of three particles, called intermediate vector bosons, that are believed to transmit the weak force. Symbol: Z0
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Also called Z particle, Z boson.
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Scientific definitions for z bosons
An electrically neutral subatomic particle that mediates the weak nuclear force. The Z boson has a mass 182,000 times that of the electron. Unlike the other weak force mediator (the W boson), it does not change particles it interacts with into other types of particles. Like the photon, the Z boson is its own antiparticle. See Table at subatomic particle.
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