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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: si'klo-tron

Definition: An accelerator that produces high-speed ions (protons and deuterons) under the influence of an alternating magnetic field, for bombardment and disruption of atomic nuclei. Used to produce clinically useful positron-emitting radionuclides.

[cyclo- + G. -tron, instrumental suffix]

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