Definition of hadron in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhadˌrän/


A subatomic particle of a type including the baryons and mesons that can take part in the strong interaction.
Example sentences
  • For example, the earliest version of the theory could only accommodate bosons, whereas many hadrons - including the proton and neutron - are fermions.
  • The simplest hadrons are therefore mesons made from a quark and antiquark pair (where the difference is zero), and baryons made of three quarks (where the difference is three).
  • Beams of hadrons, such as protons, neutrons and ions, offer important advantages over X-ray radiotherapy.



Pronunciation: /hadˈränik/
Example sentences
  • This process results in two jets of hadronic particles as the quarks form hadrons.
  • ‘Color,’ as in quantum chromodynamics, refers here to the hadronic analogue of charge rather than to anything optical.
  • Because the heavy quark is relatively inert, one can extract the properties of different light-quark configurations from the hadronic spectrum.


1960s: from Greek hadros 'bulky' + -on.

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Syllabification: had·ron

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