ionising radiation

Definitions

General Science

  • noun the radiation that produces atoms with electrical charges as it passes through a medium, e.g. alpha particles or X-rays

Food

  • noun electromagnetic radiation that kills living organisms, used in the sterilisation of food in hermetically sealed packs, for reducing spoilage in perishable foods, for eliminating pathogens in foods, for controlling infestation in stored cereals, for preventing the sprouting of root vegetables in storage, and for slowing the development of picked mushrooms
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