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Meaning of Geiger counter

Gei'ger count"er

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. an instrument for detecting ionizing radiations, consisting of a gas-filled tube in which electric-current pulses are produced when the gas is ionized by radiation, and of a device to register these pulses: used chiefly to measure radioactivity. Also called
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