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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A hypothetical boson having no charge or spin and small mass, proposed to explain the existence of certain symmetries of the strong nuclear force.

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  • noun physics a hypothetical subatomic particle postulated to explain some symmetry problems arising in the strong nuclear force.

Etymologies

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

[axi(al) + –on.]

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Named by Frank Wilczek after Axion, a brand of laundry detergent, for its -on suffix and the notion that the new particle could "clean up" a problem in physics.

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