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A unit of ionizing radiation, the amount producing one electrostatic unit of positive or negative ionic charge in one cubic centimetre of air under standard conditions.
- ‘A lethal exposure of radiation ranges from 300 to 500 roentgens an hour; levels in the tour areas vary from 15 to several hundred microroentgens an hour.’
- ‘This is also equivalent to exposure to a level of one roentgen.’
- ‘She talked about rems and rads and roentgens per hour, and at first, he tried to memorize her words, but he wasn't able to commit the information to memory.’
- ‘Some paramecium can withstand 200,000 roentgens.’
1920s: named after Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845–1923), German physicist, discoverer of X-rays.
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