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elementary particle

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of the subatomic particles that compose matter and energy, especially one hypothesized or regarded as an irreducible constituent of matter. Also called fundamental particle. See Table at subatomic particle.

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  • n. fundamental particle; any of the subatomic particles that does not consist of other, smaller particles; the gauge bosons, leptons and quarks

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  • n. (physics) a particle that is less complex than an atom; regarded as constituents of all matter

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