linear accelerator

Definition / meaning of linear accelerator

A machine that uses electricity to form a stream of fast-moving subatomic particles. This creates high-energy radiation that may be used to treat cancer. Also called linac, mega-voltage linear accelerator, and MeV linear accelerator.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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