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cy·clo·tron

(sī'klō-tron),
An accelerator that produces high-speed ions (for example, 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]

cyclotron

[sī′klətron]
Etymology: Gk, kyklos + electron, amber
a device used to accelerate charged particles or ions. The particles bombard targets where they create radioactive species, which can be used as radiopharmaceuticals or to make neutrons for radiotherapy.

cyclotron

Radiation therapy A device used to accelerate charged particles–eg, protons to higher energy levels, in which a magnetic field causes the particles to orbit, which are accelerated by an oscillating electric field. See Radiotherapy.

cy·clo·tron

(sī'klō-tron)
A particle accelerator that speeds up particles in a spiral pattern to produce protons for nuclear research or radiation treatment.

cy·clo·tron

(sī'klō-tron)
A particle accelerator that speeds up particles in a spiral pattern to produce protons for nuclear research or radiation treatment.

cyclotron (sī´kləträn),

n a device for accelerating charged particles to high energies by means of an alternating electrical field between electrodes placed in a constant magnetic field.