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

  • n. A subatomic particle whose existence violates the principle of conservation of energy but is allowed to exist for a short time by Heisenberg's uncertainty principle.

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  • n. a particle that exists for a limited time and space, introducing uncertainty in their energy and momentum

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