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electroscope

Pronunciation: e-lek'tro-skop

Definition: An instrument for the detection of electrical charges or ionization of gas by beta or x-rays; consists of two strips of gold leaf suspended from an insulated conductor and enclosed in an airtight container viewed with a low-power microscope.

[electro- + G. skopeo, to examine]

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