Answer to Question #8186 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"
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Many lists of radiation terms are available on the Internet, including two that are provided by the Health Physics Society (HPS). The first link will take you to a page that provides a long list of radiation terms and definitions that are used to describe aspects of radiation science. These terms are arranged alphabetically and you can click on the desired term from the list to retrieve the definition for the term.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has a collection of radiation terminology.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a glossary of radiation terms.
A number of universities post collections of radiation related terms, such as at Idaho State University.
Many states also provide definitions of radiation terms, such as the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.
As you review radiation terminology and find terms that need more clarification, you may want to pose further questions for our assistance.
Ray Johnson, MS, PE, FHPS, CHP