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counter

 [kown´ter]
an instrument or apparatus by which numerical value is computed; in radiology, a device for enumerating ionizing events.
Coulter counter an automated instrument for performing blood counts, based on the principle that cells are poor electrical conductors compared with saline solution.
Geiger counter (Geiger-Müller counter) a radiation counter using a gas-filled tube that indicates the presence of ionizing particles. It is very sensitive to β particles but relatively insensitive to γ and x-rays.
scintillation counter a device for detecting ionization events, permitting determination of the concentration of radioisotopes in the body or other substance.

Geiger counter

(gī′gĕr)
[Hans Geiger, Ger. physicist in England, 1882–1945]
An instrument for detecting ionizing radiation.

Geiger counter, Geiger-Müller counter

an amplifying device that indicates the presence of ionizing particles emitted by a substance; used as a means of determining the presence of radioactivity.
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When McGee has no signal on his mobile phone, he doesn't blame poor reception but suspects tshe bomb was radioactive; a quick scan with a Geiger counter soon confirms his theory.
Four days later, we were sent on to the island with a Geiger counter to measure radiation, but I was only a kid and didn't even know what it was.
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When the Geiger counter came near me it went crazy, but we were just young sailors and had no idea of the implications.
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