gamma radiation

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Ionizing radiation in the range 10-14 to 10-10 meters wavelength; very high-energy, penetrating, biologically active, ionizing radiation, emitted by radioactive substances and during very high-speed collisions between nonradioactive subatomic particles. Gamma radiation is teratogenic, mutagenic, and carcinogenic.

Subjects: Science and Mathematics.

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