Definition of scintillation counter in US English:

scintillation counter


  • A device for detecting and recording scintillations, especially in order to measure ionizing radiation.

    • ‘In this circumstance, scintillation counters are used.’
    • ‘The radiation emitted is detected by a scintillation counter (a gamma camera, invented in 1961) and the image recorded.’
    • ‘The column effluent was collected, scintillation fluid added, and radioactivity determined in a liquid scintillation counter.’
    • ‘Both breath samples were analysed in a liquid scintillation counter for 5 min.’
    • ‘It would require an extremely sensitive scintillation counter to pick up any radiation.’