relative biological effectiveness


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

effectiveness

 [ĕ-fek´tiv-nes]
the ability to produce a specific result or to exert a specific measurable influence.
relative biological effectiveness an expression of the effectiveness of other types of radiation in comparison with that of gamma or x-rays. Abbreviated RBE.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

relative biological effectiveness

n.
A measure of the capacity of a specific ionizing radiation to produce a specific biological effect, expressed relative to a reference radiation, such as radium gamma rays or 200-volt x-rays.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Full browser ?