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Definition of "meson" [‖Mes•on]

  • Any of a family of subatomic particles that participate in strong interactions, are composed of a quark and an antiquark, and have masses generally intermediate between leptons and baryons. See Table at subatomic particle. (noun)

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Use "meson" in a sentence
  • "A new period in meson research began about three years ago."
  • "The latter meson is identical with the one whose existence in cosmic rays had been previously established by American researchers."
  • "The mass of the (p) - meson is said to be 286 times greater than the mass of the electron, and that of the µ-meson 216 times greater."