alpha particle(redirected from Alpha-particles)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
A positively charged subatomic particle, composed of two protons and two neutrons, identical with the nucleus of the helium isotope He-4.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(General Physics) a helium-4 nucleus, containing two neutrons and two protons, emitted during some radioactive transformations
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
a positively charged particle consisting of two protons and two neutrons, emitted in radioactive decay or nuclear fission; the nucleus of a helium atom.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
A positively charged particle that consists of two protons and two neutrons bound together. It is emitted by the nucleus of some elements undergoing radioactive decay and is identical to the nucleus of a helium atom. Alpha particles are the slowest and least penetrating forms of nuclear radiation. ♦ The process by which a radioactive element emits an alpha particle is called alpha decay. Alpha decay results in the atomic number of the atom being decreased by two and the mass number being decreased by four. See more at radiation, radioactive decay.
The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary, Second Edition. Copyright © 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A helium nucleus that has a positive electric charge.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||alpha particle - a positively charged particle that is the nucleus of the helium atom; emitted from natural or radioactive isotopes|
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.