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Ionizing radiation has enough energy to ionize atoms or molecules.
  particles emitted by nuclear decay (i.e., particles smaller than an atom that are sent out due to radioactivity)
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radiation radional
Strongly Associated with:   radioactivity
Generally, radiation is discussed in terms of harmful levels of radiation that cause sickness. However, there is a normal level of radiation that is not harmful and sometimes radiation is carefully used for beneficial purposes such as medical treatments.
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  • Ionizing radiation has enough energy to ionize atoms or molecules.
  • "Those mistakes can happen when you get exposed to chemicals or radiation," Christoph said.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • ...statisticians calculated that about twenty-five per cent had died of direct burns from the bomb, about fifty per cent from other injuries, and about twenty per cent as a result of radiation effects.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • You’re absorbing radiation from the jewelry Porky traded for the whiskey.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon

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  • They sent manned aircraft through radiation clouds.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • You see, it’s short on mutations; it does not enjoy Earth’s high level of natural radiation.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • It obviously wasn’t functioning from the old GPS satellites—they’d all been destroyed in the radiation holocaust of the sun flares.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Drugs, radiation, electroshock, surgery.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • She wished she had something more reassuring to say, but there was no way to tell how much radiation was still in the atmosphere.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Or radiation.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • Ten years later she died as a result of radiation from the bomb.
    Eleanor Coerr  --  Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  • A radiation cloud could cover multiple states within a few days.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • They won’t buy a television, like everyone else, because my father says it turns you into a cretin and emits harmful radiation and subliminal messages as well.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Even small amounts of radiation can make people very sick, especially children.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Japanese Tsunami, 2011
  • Alan didn’t want radiation, didn’t want to go bald.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • As we walked, the air of abandonment grew more and more disturbing, as if we were roaming some planet depopulated by radiation or disease.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Radiation and fire consumed the city once and never let it go.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • And the chemo and the radiation and the bone marrow transplants didn’t do anything but make him sicker faster and with much more ferocity than before.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Nuclear missiles would release radiation into the atmosphere, with incalculable environmental results.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Then radiation.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • And I’d recommend palliative radiation.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • And so the youngest of our family, with the blond hair and the hazel eyes, had the chemotherapy and the radiation.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • If you remember your black-body radiation, black is actually best in heat.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • His eyes glowed radiation green.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • But luckily the dull radiation arrested him before he could burn his hands on the still-glowing metal.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Inside the imaging room, Sonja stood with the tech behind the radiation shield while I stood beside a listless Colton as the moving table slid him into a big, scary tube.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • He told her that radiation was not an option, because the disease was present in so many of his organs.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Antimatter creates no pollution or radiation, and a droplet could power New York City for a full day.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • We’d better get that helmet off her ASAP, or the radiation will fry her brain.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • It was one of Colorado’s new towns, the towns that had grown like a radiation from the Wyatt oil fields.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Global warming was the most commonly cited theory: the sun’s radiation interfering with the birds natural navigation system.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Still, I knew I was in for a brutal time, especially since the surgery needed to be followed by an extremely toxic regimen of chemotherapy and radiation.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • IT WAS, THEY would determine, a tumor on the brain, and her decline would be like many others, treatments that made the disease seem mild, hair falling out in patches, mornings spent with noisy radiation machines and evenings spent vomiting in a hospital toilet.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • Even in my godly form, I felt the power of Chaos washing over me like lethal radiation, cooking me from the inside out, eating into my soul—and I believed what Horus had said.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • They didn’t have a clear idea what radiation might do, so they tracked where the wind blew it, and what happened to those who came in contact with the fallout.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Algebra is applied to the clouds; the radiation of the star profits the rose; no thinker would venture to affirm that the perfume of the hawthorn is useless to the constellations.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • More likely it was a reaction to the fierce ultraviolet radiation that had burned my retinas and baked my brain.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The entire sky, although lit up by stellar radiation, seemed pitch–black in comparison with the whiteness of these waters.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • It came upon me slowly, like that strange disease that affects those black men whom you see turning slowly from black to albino, their pigment disappearing as under the radiation of some cruel, invisible ray.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • For one thing, the problem of determining how much is queen and how much queenly radiation.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • What’s more, all pod exteriors are sealed with photo-resistant membranes to protect the artifacts inside from solar radiation.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • I can almost see it, red radiation, wavering upwards like the shimmer above highway tarmac at noon.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • That means there was nothing to stop the radiation from the cosmos.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • It was fitted with two side-slung 16mm cameras, one for the visible spectrum, and one for low-frequency radiation.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • We’ll just travel around the globe like the navy in Nevil Shute’s On the Beach, searching for survivors and waiting for the radiation cloud to cook us.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • The Red October Every two days the starpom collected the radiation badges.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Maybe it’s the extra radiation soaking through my brain.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • And thus, as a closer and still closer intimacy admitted me more unreservedly into the recesses of his spirit, the more bitterly did I perceive the futility of all attempt at cheering a mind from which darkness, as if an inherent positive quality, poured forth upon all objects of the moral and physical universe, in one unceasing radiation of gloom.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • My neck was hot as radiation and my brain racing for excuses.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • As they drew closer the radiation stopped.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
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