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Glossary: linear accelerator, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

linear accelerator

(LIH-nee-er ak-SEH-leh-RAY-ter)

A machine that uses electricity to form a stream of fast-moving subatomic particles. This creates high-energy radiation that may be used to treat cancer. Also called linac, mega-voltage linear accelerator, and MeV linear accelerator.

2006-11-08