Definition of "ionizing radiation" [ionizing radiation]

  • High-energy radiation capable of producing ionization in substances through which it passes. It includes nonparticulate radiation, such as x-rays, and radiation produced by energetic charged particles, such as alpha and beta rays, and by neutrons, as from a nuclear reaction. (noun)

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Use "ionizing radiation" in a sentence
  • "It seems clear that heavy dosages — and I mean heavy dosages — of ionizing radiation and dense relativistic-particle fluxes can disable or kill space horses, with the sensory clusters being especially vulnerable."