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for ionizing radiation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
ionizing radiation \ionizing radiation\ n.
rays of rapidly moving subatomic particles, x-reys, or gamma
rays, sufficiently energetic to cause ionization when
absorbed by matter.
Note: Such radiation is emitted by radioactive elements, or
may be generated by highly energetic physical
processes, as in stars. When absorbed by living tissue,
ionizing radiation can cause mutation, cellular damage,
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: high-energy radiation capable of producing ionization in
substances through which it passes
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