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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: se'vert

Definition: The SI unit of ionizing radiation effective dose, equal to the absorbed dose in gray, weighted for both the quality of radiation in question and the tissue response to that radiation. The unit is the joule per kilogram and 1 Sv = 100 rem.

[R. M. Sievert, Swedish physicist, 1896–1966]

See Also: effective dose, equivalent dose

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